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Péter Benczúr

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Péter Benczúr is a scientific officer at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, where he leads the project EFFAIRES (Economic and Financial Aspects of Fairness and Resilience). He studied mathematics at the Lorand Eotvos University in Budapest and obtained a Ph.D in Economics at MIT in 2001. Previously he was the head of research at MNB, the central bank of Hungary, and an adjunct faculty at Central European University, Budapest.


His research covers both macroeconomic and microeconomic aspects of public policy and academic issues. The macro projects concentrate on the nominal, financial and real convergence of small open economies, sovereign borrowing, and international business cycles. Micro topics include banking, and the impact of taxation and finances on household behaviour. Recent projects include a quantitative evaluation of the recent European financial sector reform agenda, an EU-wide analysis of inequality developments, and the development of a common framework for resilience. He has also written extensively on the Hungarian tax system, and has edited part of the 2013 Hungarian Labour Market Review, focusing on taxes, transfers and the labour market. Most of these works can be access at his RePEc author profile.