The Economic Research & Policy Institute

Finance Think is a non-for-profit economic research and policy institute whose mission is to alleviate poverty, to strengthen macro-financial policies and to advance financial stability through economic research, advising and recommendations to economic policies and steering critical debate on economic processes.


  • Blagica Petreski Chief Economist
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  • St. Frederik Shopen 1/2
    1000 Skopje
Area of Expertise

Programmatic domains include:

  • Development economics: poverty, social, income, gender, age and ethnic inequality, unemployment, access to education, health services, regulatory environment, structural reforms;
  • Macro-finance: economic growth, investment, monetary, fiscal, foreign-trade and exchange-rate policy;
  • Financial systems: development of the banking, insurance, pension and the other financial sub-systems, assessment of the risks and the resistance to shocks of the financial system, regional and global financial integration.


Major Current Activities

  • Poverty alleviation project “Mind the Gaps Between the Budget Lines and the Programs of the National Strategy for Poverty Reduction” aims to increase the effectiveness and usage of poverty-reduction programs by increasing the transparency of the associated budget lines and informing the citizens about them
  • Transparency and accountability project “FISCAST – Building Capacity and Tools for Fiscal Accountability, Sustainability, and Transparency in Macedonia” aims to improve the capacity of civil society and media to contribute to evidence-based economic dialogue in the country, enabling more participatory and transparent policymaking, with strong focus on fiscal policymaking; and to increase the public awareness for the process of spending public money
  • Participatory budgeting project “Local Development or Current Expenditures: What Purpose are Municipal Money Spent For?” goal is to increase the awareness of citizens about the budget spending in the municipalities, raise the awareness of citizens about the effectiveness of the spending of the budgetary funds in their municipality compared to other municipalities, and identify the purpose of the budget spending: development goals or current consumption. The research covers the 15 largest, according to residents, municipalities in Macedonia.