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Zoltan Ádám

Visiting Scholar 2019-2020


Zoltan Ádám

Zoltán Ádám is assistant professor of economics at the Department of Comparative and Institutional Economics at Corvinus University of Budapest. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Debrecen University, an MPhil in political science from Central European University, and a master in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School. He teaches classes in institutional economics, political economy and comparative economics. His research focuses on the political economy of post-communist transition, populism and illiberal democracies. He has published in Journal of Institutional Economics, Problems of Post-Communism, and Acta Oeconomica.

At CES, Ádám is working on a book project about the democratic decline and the authoritarian takeover in Hungary and other parts of Europe.

Earlier in his career, Ádám was senior economist and managing director of Kopint-Tárki Institute for Economic Research (Budapest), head of research of Takarékbank (Budapest) and senior economist of DZ Bank (Frankfurt), as well as economic policy advisor in the Ministry of Economy and Transport (Budapest). He was editor of Külgazdaság, a Hungarian economic journal, and researched and taught at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. From 2005-2015, he was on the editorial board of Beszélő, a Hungarian liberal political journal, established in 1981 as a samizdat by the democratic opposition of the communist era.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, CES, Harvard University

Research Project

Why Hungary?


International Economics