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17 lut 2022
Chi ingannava i lavoratori?
Pochi sanno, e ancor meno ricordano, che la distruzione pacifica del sistema comunista ebbe inizio nell’agosto del 1980, con gli scioperi dei lavoratori polacchi e la creazione di un movimento sociale chiamato “Solidarność”. Alcune delle richieste economiche avanzate dai lavoratori in...
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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 kw. 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, Permanent Representative of Poland to the OECD ( and since 2 June 2022 the Dean of OECD Ambassadors. He is professor 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).

tile2 Éducation et investissements patients les clés polonaises pour accroître l’innovation

La réduction par la Pologne, ces dernières trois décennies, de la distance de développement d’un niveau de 40 % env. à plus de 70 % du revenu moyen per capita dans les pays de l’UE est un exploit considérable. Poursuivre cette trajectoire sera difficile si la Pologne n’augmente pas le degré d’innovation de ses entreprises lequel, mesuré par le degré d’avancement technologique des produits exportés, se situe autour de la moyenne des pays membres de l’OCDE.

Title_obrazek Stock exchange under the capitalism of social solidarity
Ideas and Issues

Over the last 30 years, the Warsaw Stock Exchange has witnessed and participated in the process of rebuilding the capital market in the centre of Europe. Its opening session in 1991 in the former headquarters of the communist party symbolised the rejection of communism in favour of the capitalist economy. 

Znaczek_01 El mercado de valores en una sociedad capitalista solidaria
Sociedad solidaria

A lo largo de 30 años, la Bolsa de Varsovia ha sido testigo y ha participado en la creación de un mercado de capitales en el centro de Europa. Su inauguración en 1991 en el antiguo edificio del partido comunista simbolizó el rechazo al comunismo y la elección de un sistema económico capitalista.