courses: public economics, political economics
research interest: public economics, political economics
Balázs Váradi is one of the founders of ELTEcon. After his undergraduate studies at Karl Marx (now Corvinus) University, he worked for one year at the Economics Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; after which he was admitted to the graduate Economics program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut (USA), where he received an M.A., and, in 2001 a PhD degree.
Between 1999 and 2005 he taught at the Political Science department of Central European University in Budapest. In the 2005/2006 academic year he was a visiting professor at Smolny College in St Petersburg, Russia. In 2007-2008 he was a senior adviser to the prime minister of Hungary, in charge of a policy portfolio including health and education policy. Since 2008, in addition to his teaching duties he has been one of the founding partners and senior researchers of the Budapest Institute for Policy Analysis, an independent think tank. His most recent English scholarly article, co-authored with Péter Elek and Márton Varga, is entitled "Effects of geographical accessibility on the use of outpatient care services: quasi-experimental evidence from panel count data" and was published in the journal Health Economics. At Eltecon prof. Váradi teaches courses on Political Economy, Public Economics and Public Policy.