The “A.G. Leventis Foundation Research Chair” is a new research programme focusing on European political economy issues of Greek interest The Chair is funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation and has been in operation since October 2017. The Chair funds each year a major study in a topical theme, which is carried out by researchers/academics of recognised value, and its findings are presented in a public event with the participation of high-profile commentators. Furthermore, part of the funding is directed to the filling of a Junior Researcher position. The Junior Researcher publishes a research paper with the title of the sponsor (A.G. Leventis Foundation) and participates in the research team carrying out the study. The Junior Researcher also has the opportunity to participate in conferences in Greece and abroad, prepare proposals for research programmes and submit annual progress reports on the work of the Chair. The programme lasts one year and is renewed annually.

Dimitris Katsikas, Head of Crisis Observatory, is the programme’s coordinator.

During 2017-2018 the Chair funded the study entitled “Reforms in Public Administration during the crisis: Review, Description, Evaluation”. The study documents the Public Administration reforms promoted by the Economic Adjustment Programmes. The aim of the study is to evaluate the implementation and impact of the reforms that have been implemented, as well as to assess the overall progress in Public Administration including the obstacles that came up during the implementation effort. The research as coordinated by Professor Calliope Spanou, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The research team comprised Dr. Christos Ioannou, Dr. Manto Lampropoulou, Dr. Evangelia Balla and Professor Dimitrios Oikonomou.
You can find the Executive Summary of the main findings and conclusions of the report here.
The full report is available here (in Greek).

For the period 2017-18 the Junior Researcher position was filled by Mr. Vangelis Arvanitis, PhD candidate at the department of Economics of the University of Thessaly. Mr. Arvaniti’s PhD Thesis topic is “Transparency of Central Banks and monetary policy transmission mechanisms”. Mr. Arvanitis authored a research paper entitled “The impact of the European Central Bank’s monetary policy on European countries’ loan structure: the housing channel”.

For the period 2018-19 the Chair is funding a study entitled “Structural changes in fiscal policy during the crisis: Institutional framework and economic results”. The study is coordinated by Panagiotis Tsakloglou, Professor at the Department of International and European Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics and Business. Dr. Marianthi Anastasatou, economist at the Bank of Greece, also participates in the study.

The topic was chosen due to the central position of fiscal policy in the management of not only the Greek but also the wider Eurozone crisisas well as due to its critical role in the expected recovery of the Greek economy. It is considered exceptionally topical as it lies at the core of the discussions on the future of the “post-memorandum Greece”.

For the period 2018-19, the position was originally filled by Mr. Zisis Manouzas, PhD candidate in the department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The tile of Mr. Manouza’s PhD Thesis is “Social Tolerance of Fiscal Austerity in the countries of the Eurozone: Explanations of Political Economy”.

Since 15 February 2019 the position of Junior Researcher is filled by Ms. Pery Bazoti, graduate of the department of International, European and Area Studies of Panteion University. Ms Bazoti holds a MSc on European Economic Policy from the Athens University of Economics and Business and has previous research experience on programmes for the Greek and European Crises.