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18 Lis 2017
Evidence, persuasion and power: Diplomats in international organisations
Did you know that each of the OECD’s 35 member countries is represented by a mission with full diplomatic status? The size of these OECD delegations varies by country size, but each one has a permanent representative at ambassadorial level, including this author. Together we make up the OECD...
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24 Wrz 2017
Excessive informal sector: a drag on productivity
The informal economy remains a problem when we discuss the prospects of economic development. It is perceived as a hindrance to economic progress because the informal sector does not pay taxes, does not include its employees in social insurance schemes and does little to offer labour law...
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13 Kwi 2016
Identity Capital and Sustainable Development
Capitalism driven by private enterprise and self-balancing markets, as world history shows, has evolved over centuries and has been flexible enough to fit various cultural systems. Centrally controlled economies were established in Eastern Europe and in parts of Asia as a brutal political...
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24 Lut 2016
What if? Brexit reconsidered…
Brexit, if it happens, might be a useful exercise since it will show that the EU can expand and contract without disappearing. One of most terrifying perspectives is an uncontrolled break up amidst violent conflicts. Brexit, if it happens, might be detrimental to the EU prospects since the EU...
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About me


Prof. Aleksander Surdej is an economist specializing in public policy analysis. From September 2016 he is an ambassador, the permanent representative of Poland to the OECD (

He chairs the Department of European Studies at the Cracow University of Economics.

His research interests focus on the methodology of policy analysis, labour market policies and policies of social regulations.

He is an author of several books in Polish like: Determinants of Administrative and Legal Regulation in the Economy (2006), Economic Analysis in Public Policy (2012) and many chapters in volumes published in English. He has authored reports for the World Bank and the EC related to labour market developments and informal employment. He has studied in SAIS Johns Hopkins University and EUI (European University Institute) and has conducted research at NIAS (the Netherlands) and UNU WIDER (Finland).

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