Rok Spruk, PhD

Associate Professor 

  • Academic Unit for Economics (Regular Member)
Curriculum Vitae
Rok Spruk obtained a PhD in quantative economic history in 2016 from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He is associate professor at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana and is a joined member of Econometric Society, American Economic Association, Austrian Society for New Institutional Economics, American Law and Economics Association and German Law and Economics Association. In 2010, he started working at the European Enterprise Institute in Brussels and published two reports on Iceland’s economic and financial crisis. In 2012, he enrolled in a Master program on international economics specializing in the globalization and development track at Utrecht School of Economics and graduated in the same year with a thesis on the augmented Solow growth model with institutions. In the same year, he was employed to prepare the proposal for the PhD in economic and social history under the supervision of prof. dr. Jan Luiten van Zanden. In 2013, he obtained the PhD position at the Department of Economic and Social History in a research project on institutions, growth and long-run development which resulted in this thesis. In 2015, he won Young Scholar Prize at the International Law and Economics conference in Ankara, Turkey for the paper on electoral law enforcement, political institutions and Latin America’s long-run development. His research interests encompass economic growth and development, new institutional economics, applied econometrics, causal inference methods, intellectual property and empirical economic history. At the moment, he has published several high-ranked SSCI publications. His work has been accepted for full presentation at several high-profile conferences such as American Economic Association’s Annual Meeting and Econometric Society meetings.
Selected Research and Consulting Activities
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