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How prepared is Croatia for a knowledge-based society?

In: Croatian Accession to the European Union: Facing the Challenges of Negotiations


  • Predrag Bejakovic

    (Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb)


Knowledge has become the key to economic competitiveness and success. An important part of an economy’s overall competitiveness – the ability to achieve success on markets – is labour-force competitiveness. One of the main determinants of the competitiveness of human resources is a country’s education system. The paper discusses EU activities related to achieving a move to a knowledge-based society and labour force competitiveness. After the introduction, a short theoretical framework is provided. The third part of the paper analyzes the situation in newly accepted EU members, in future members and in Croatia. After the assessment of some problems in Croatia, some proposals for improvements of the educational system are given.

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  • Predrag Bejakovic, 2005. "How prepared is Croatia for a knowledge-based society?," Chapters in books,in: Katarina Ott (ed.), Croatian Accession to the European Union: Facing the Challenges of Negotiations, volume 3, chapter 5, pages 109-128 Institute of Public Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipf:chaptr:3-05

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    1. Robert J. Barro, 2013. "Inflation and Economic Growth," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 14(1), pages 121-144, May.
    2. World Bank, 2002. "Constructing Knowledge Societies : New Challenges for Tertiary Education," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 15224.
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