CEVES has systematically monitored macroeconomic trends in Serbia and conducted in-depth and policy economic research in the areas of: macroeconomic structure and policy, development policies, labor market structure, regional development, competitiveness and health care. Under the OSI-TTF Funding, CEVES conducted The Stylized Facts Study — foundational project that revealed true macroeconomic structure of Serbia’s economy.

In addition to conducting evidence-based analysis of Serbia’s economy, CEVES had regularly analyzed over twenty issues from an macroeconomic angle in the QM (including employment, environmental protection, corporate legislation, mineral resources etc.). CEVES also completed a dozen projects whose aim was to scrutinize some of the areas highly relevant for the development of Serbia’s economy and society, present them to the general public and initiate public debate when needed in order to impact the relevant institutions.

In its view the accumulation of such knowledge is necessary for setting up employment-generating projects and initiatives, which will ensure that its mission and programs are sustainable. As such, CEVES will aim to inspire and motivate civic engagement by economic prospects and logic, in order to improve overall economic conditions and ensure Serbia’s democratic stability. However, CEVES will also work on foundational, institutional research that will help inform all other specific policy work to come.


Quarterly Monitor

[exbox title="Quarterly Monitor of Economic Trends and Policies in Serbia (QM)"]

Originally CEVES’ flagship product and today FREN’s, has set new standards in the local economic discipline by offering consistent and thoroughly assessed data on all major macroeconomic aggregates, and providing a thorough analysis of the processes related to economic growth, and monetary, external and financial developments.

QM38 QM37 QM36 QM35 QM34 QM32


[exbox title="Serbia’s Economy: The Stylized Facts - SF"]

CEVES’ early work on macro statistics and national accounts uncovered serious problems prompting a revision by the Republic Bureau of Statistics (SBS) of the official methodology and figures for GDP and investment.

Stylized Facts – Volume II (Appendices)

Stylized Facts – Volume I


[exbox title="Defining Criteria for Underdeveloped Municipalities"]

CEVES conducted research for the Deputy Prime Minister’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Implementation Focal Point on defining criteria for municipality underdevelopment as well as ranking municipalities according to those criteria. This project established the foundations of the methodology for measuring municipal underdevelopment used to this day, and advanced the rigorous study of socio-economic indicators in the context of Serbia.

Defining Criteria for Underdeveloped Municipalities


[exbox title="Mapping Serbia's Labour Market"]

CEVES published this study, which provided a characterization of labor markets at the district and municipality level in Serbia, and uncovered factors behind unequal performance.

Mapping Serbia’s Labour Market


[exbox title="Understanding New Services Sector in Serbia"]

CEVES constructed questionnaires and conducted field surveys, resulting in a survey of 359 enterprises in Belgrade with the aim of understanding the crucial role servicesplay in the development and recovery of Serbia’s private sector.

Understanding New Services Sector in Serbia


[exbox title="Review of Economic Indicators for CRDA and SEDP Projects"]

CEVES provided assistance to USAID in reviewing relative strengths and weaknesses in the approaches used by the Community Revitalization through Democratic Action (CRDA) and Serbia Enterprise Development Project (SEDP) in their employment and income generation strategies.

reviewing relative strengths and weaknesses – CRDA, SEDP


[exbox title="Assessment of the Barriers for the Investments in South Serbia"]

CEVES performed research about Southern Serbia, which identified ways in which local administration can improve so as to allow a greater influx of investment and faster economic and social development.

Assessment of the Barriers for the Investments in South Serbia


[exbox title="Serbia Living Standards"]

CEVES was engaged by The World Bank to analyze and rank municipalities in Serbia according to their level of development and consequently help allocate central government’s development funds to stimulate equal regional development.


[exbox title="Estimation of resources impact for selected business-related administrative procedures"]

CEVES conducted this study for USAID MEGA Program trough The Urbane Institute and The National Alliance for Economic Development (NALED).

Estimation of resources impact for selected business-related administrative procedures


[exbox title="Partner of the WEF"]

In January 2008, CEVES became a Partner Institute of the Global Competitiveness Network of the World Economic Forum (WEF), on whose behalf it carried out the Executive Opinion Surveys in Serbia in 2008 and 2009.


[exbox title="Health Care System and Spending in Serbia"]

CEVES was engaged by the Open Society Institute to work on the project, in which it was concluded that significant progress had been made in the area of health status indicators, and that monitoring financial flow in the health at national level effectively is necessary in order to have a real picture of the health sector.

Health Care System and Spending in Serbia