POLICY ANALYSIS RESEARCH UNIT

Department of International and European Economic Studies
Athens University of Economics and Business



The Team

Manos Matsaganis is Associate Professor of European Social and Employment Policies at the Department of International & European Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics & Business. He has previously worked at the London School of Economics (Welfare State Programme, 1990-1993), at the University of Crete (1996-1999 & 2011-2004), and at the Greek Prime Minister’s Office (Strategic Planning Division, 1997-2001). He is a member of the High-Level Expert Group on Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion (European Commission – DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion). His research interests include the social impact of the economic crisis, the economic analysis of public policy, the political economy of welfare reform, and the development of tax-benefit models.

Chrysa Leventi is Senior Research Officer at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex. She holds a PhD from the Department of International and European Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics and Business. Her research interests lie in the fields of tax-benefit microsimulation modelling for policy analysis, pension policy and reforms and tax evasion. In 2010 she received a three-year scholarship from the Greek Ministry of Education (Heraclitus II). She is a member of the Greek national team involved in the development and update of the European microsimulation model EUROMOD. She has presented her work in various scientific conferences and workshops and she has been involved in seven research projects, both at the European and national level. Her first four articles were recently published in peer-reviewed journals.

Eleni Kanavitsa is a post-gratuate of the Social Policy Analysis Master (IMPALLA) (2013- 2014) at KU LEUVEN and CEPS/INSTEAD. She has a graduate degree of the Department of International and European Economic Studies, (2008- 2012) at Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). She worked as a research assistant in a project concerning the estimation of extreme poverty in Western Greece region (2012), and she is currently working in two European projects ("ImPRovE" and "Reference Budgets in E.U."). She attended EYROMOD training course at University of Essex on November 2012 and she is a member of the Policy Analysis Research Unit at AUEB. Her research interests concern applied social policy, economic analysis of public policy as well as subjective economic insecurity.

Alexandros Karakitsios is PhD candidate at the Department of International and European Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics & Business. He holds a M.Sc. in International Economics and Finance from AUEB. His research interests include labour markets, unemployment (especially youth unemployment), minimum wages, poverty and economic growth. He is also interested in studying the impact of labour market conditions on poverty. Since 2012, he is working as researcher in EU funded projects related to poverty and labor markets.