Conference Topics

The Conference will address the regular and the special session topics.


  • Macroeconomic stability in post-recession growth
  • Human capital, education and innovation
  • Industrial policy and new competitiveness of nations
  • Environmental challenges for green growth
  • Institutions for growth and competiveness
  • Well-being in time of budget constraints
  • Financial markets and monetary policy
  • Infrastructure development for economic growth and competitiveness
  • Fiscal consolidation and effective public sector
  • Trading blocs and global trade liberalization
  • Labour market, wages and labour migration
  • Inequality - new insights into its causes and effects
  • Economic growth and well-being
  • Experimental and behavioural economics - perspectives and challenges for the next generation
  • Experimental and behavioural economics - application of behavioural economics theory to actual problem areas
  • Cryptocurrencies – challenges and opportunities for financial markets
  • Sustainable tourism development and economic effects of tourism
  • The sharing economy
  • Efficient exploitation and use of renewable and exhaustible energy sources
  • Challenges for health care systems
  • Robotization, artificial intelligence, and labour market


  • Entrepreneurship, small business management and start-ups
  • Finance, banking and accounting
  • Marketing management and consumer behaviour
  • Business-state relations and corporate social performance
  • Tourism and hospitality management and marketing issues
  • Management and leadership
  • Business elites and top management teams
  • Strategy and innovation
  • Operations management, business logistics and supply chain management
  • Corporate governance and corporate communications
  • Human resource management and organizational behaviour
  • ICT management
  • Digital transformation
  • Competition in specific/different market(s)
  • Industry-specific regulations
  • Managing health care: competition vs. regulation
  • New business models and fundamental changes in energy markets
  • Human resources and tourism labour market challenges
  • Artificial intelligence and customer service industry
  • Digital transformation in the context of smart cities


  • Productivity and digitalisation – the role of innovation
  • Intellectual property and innovation
  • Incentives for Innovation
  • Innovation and public policy
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Education, research, and innovation
  • Financing innovation
  • Competition and incentives to innovate
  • Behavioural innovation economics
  • Technology and innovations in tourism and hospitality
  • Big data and implications for (behavioural) economics


  • Regional resilience
  • Regional and urban policy, planning and governance
  • Tourism in urban and regional policies, planning and governance
  • Migrations, ageing and regional labour markets
  • Smart cities and regions
  • Smart tourism destinations
  • Entrepreneurship, small businesses, and regional diversity
  • Tourism business ecosystems
  • Remote regions
  • Regional perspective of well-being
  • Regional ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Regional aspects of sport events
  • Urban areas: Theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence
  • Protected areas and tourism development
  • Universities - the role in less developed regions
  • Effects of place-based policies
  • Inclusive cities and regions
  • Peripheral and rural regions
  • Heritage and tourism development
  • Mitigating climate change in coastal tourism destinations
  • Crisis and risk management in tourism destinations
  • Creative economy – the tool for urban/regional development


  • Smart governance in Croatia
  • Croatia – time for the euro or not
  • Transport infrastructure – constraint or opportunity for Croatian economy
  • Decentralization perspective(s) for Croatia
  • Effects of the implementation of the EU Funds in Croatia
  • Inequality of opportunity in Croatia: causes and consequences
  • The pension and health systems of the Republic of Croatia - sustainability and efficiency
  • The competitiveness and the impact of tourism for the Croatian economy
  • The role of large companies for the Croatian economy
  • The regulation of financial markets - effects for the Croatian economy
  • Successful management of public companies in the Republic of Croatia - measurement, causes, and consequences
  • The energy sector and its importance for the Croatian economy
  • The importance, opportunities and needs of financing education in the Republic of Croatia
  • Migration, digital transformation and education – challenges and opportunities for Croatian labour market
  • Is there a Croatian disease - macroeconomic challenges of tourism development


  • Brexit – opportunities and challenges
  • Migration, digital transformation and education – EU labour market perspective
  • Inequality of opportunity in the EU: causes and consequences
  • The New Industrial policy in the EU
  • The Fiscal and Monetary perspective in the EU
  • The role of trade agreements
  • The regulation of financial markets
  • The Single Market against temptations of economic nationalism
  • Human capital and knowledge economy – the role of universities
  • The importance, opportunities and needs of a smart and inclusive growth
  • Middle income trap
  • Smart specialization – ex-ante and ex-post role for different clubs
  • Growth and jobs strategy fit for the digital age


  • Regional Economic and Social Resilience: Empirical Research Results from the Nordic Regions and Croatian Islands
  • Truth-Incentive Surveys: Choice Matching and Posterior Probabilities
  • Monitoring systems for measuring progress in spatial, urban and regional development – Case of Croatia
  • Digital transformation in the context of smart cities
  • Strategic Planning and Decision Making
All papers discussing other challenging issues related to the general topic of the Conference will be considered as well. The Programme and Organizing Committee of the 13th International Conference “Challenges of Europe: Growth, Competitiveness, Innovation and Well-being” invite you to propose a Special Session to be included in the Conference programme. Please send your proposal by November 5, 2018.
In addition to sessions used to present your work (R-type, S-type, P-type, Y-type and X-type), several special events will be organized such as: Meet the Professors, Meet the Editors, Advices for young researchers and a PhD workshop. All the details will be published in due time.