Gábor Oblath Research Advisor


Personal information

Name Gábor Oblath
Telephone (36-20) 9229-497   
E-mail gabor.oblath(at)kopint-tarki.hu
Nationality Hungarian

Work experience

From 2010- Senior research fellow

Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Senior research fellow

Research on macroeconomic policy, economic statistics, economic convergence, international trade

From 2009- Scientific advisor

Kopint-Tárki Zrt.

2009-2010 Member of the Fiscal Council, Republic of Hungary Deputy General Director, Research Director
2002-2009 Member of the Monetary Council, National Bank of Hungary
2000-2002 Chairman of the Board, Kopint-Datorg Institute, Budapest
1995-2005 Research director, Kopint-Datorg Institute Budapest Bank Ltd.
1986-1993 Head of  research department, Kopint-Datorg
1975-1993 Research fellow Kopint Institute for Economic Research and Informatics.
1994 Economic Affairs Officer, UN Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva (DEAP) (11 months).
1992 National Bank of Finland, guest scholar (3 months)


Education and training

1993 Ph. D. (Ecnomics)

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Topic: Monetary policy

1971-1975 University of Economics, Budapest


Personal Skills

Mother tongue Hungarian
Other languages: Reading Speaking Writing
English C2 C2 C2
French B1 A2 A2

Other skills

Teaching activities
2013-2014 International Finances (ELTE University, Budapest)
2013-2014 International Economic Relations (ELTE University)
2010 – Macroeconomic statistics (ELTE University)
2015-2006 Corvinus University, Budapest, Department of Macroeconomics (courses on macroeconomic statistics)
1996-1998 Central European University, Budapest, Department of Economics (International trade policy)
Other professional activities
2002-2007 Member of the Presidium, Hungarian Economic Society
199-2003 Chairman, Economic Section of the Hungarian Statistical Society
1998-2001 Chairman, Supervisory Board, Eximbank, Budapest
2012-2016 Elected delegate of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Member of the Editors’ Board of Külgazdaság (Foreign Economy)
Member of the Editors’ Board of Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review)
Member of the Committee on Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Member of the Committee on Financial Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Policy advise , consulting
1998-2002 Member of the Economic advisory board of the Prime Minister
1999-2002 Member of the Economic advisory board of the Minister for the Economy
1996-1997 Member of the Economic advisory board of the Minister of Finance
1990-1991 Head, Committee on Convertibility of the Hungarian Blue Ribbon Commission
Awards and honors
2001 Kaldor Price (Corvinus University)
2002 Fényes Elek Price (Hungarian Statistical Office)
Computer skills Microsoft office package

Additional information



Internal Regulation of Foreign Trade with Respect to Socialist Trading Partners: a Comparison of the Finnish and Hungarian Systems. In: Marrese, M. – Richter, S. (eds.): The Challenge of Simultaneous Economic Relations with East and West. McMillan, 1990.

Unresolved Issues of Comecon Trade in Convertible Currencies. In: Csaba, L. (ed.): Systemic Change and Stabilization in Eastern Europe. Dartmouth Press, Aldershot, Brookfield, USA, 1991.

Hungary’s Foreign Debt: Controversies and Problems. In: Newbery, D – I. Székely (eds): Hungary: an Economy in Transition. Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Real Exchange Rate Changes and Exchange Rate Policy under Economic Transition in Hungary and Central Eastern Europe. In: Gács, J. – G. Winkler, (eds.): International Trade and Restructuring in Eastern Europe. IIASA, Laxemburg, 1993.

Capital inflows to Hungary in 1995-96 and the accompanying policy responses. In: J. Gács – R. Holzmann – M. Wyzan (eds.): The mixed blessing of Financial Inflows – Transition countries in Comparative Perspective. .Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 1999.

Opening Up The Hungarian Economy: Conditions and Consequences of Liberalizing Trade and Capital Flows in Hungary. In: Lance Taylor (ed.): External Liberalization, in Asia, Post-Socialist Europe and Brazil. Oxford University Press, 2006.

The share and volume of services in member states of the EU: an expenditure-side analysis.

In: Ganz W, Kicherer F, Schletz A (eds.) RESER 2011 – Productivity of services next gen – beyond output/input: conference proceedings. Hamburg, Germany, 2011.09.07-2011.09.10. Hamburg: Fraunhofer IRB Verlag, pp. 1-19.(ISBN:978-3-8396-0298-0) (With Éva Palócz)


Stabilization and Foreign Economic Policy in Hungary. Acta Oeconomica, 1991. No 1-2. (With A. Köves)

The Terms of Trade Effects from the Elimination of State Trading in Soviet-Hungarian Trade. Journal of Comparative Economics, 1992. No 1 (March). (With David Tarr)

The Limits, Successes and Question Marks of Import Liberalization in Hungary. Russian and East European Finance and Trade, 1992 Summer

Macroeconomic Developments in Hungary between 1990 and 1994. The Hungarian Quarterly, 1994 Summer.

Macroeconomic effects of Fiscal Deficits in Hungary. Russian and East European Finance and Trade, 1996. No 3.

Review article on Currency Crises in Emerging Markets” by Darowski, M. (Ed.), Economic Systems, December, 2003

On the interpretation and international comparison of external imbalances. WIIW Monthly Report 2006 No. 7.

Globalization and macroeconomic statistics: Problems of measurement, interpretation and comparison. Hungarian Statistical Review, 2007/11 (Special number)

Hungary’s price and wage level in international comparison: are they really disconnected? Hungarian Statistical Review, October, 2015


Accumulation of Foreign Debt and Macroeconomic Problems of Debt Management: Hungary’s case. KOPINT-DATORG Discussion Papers No.1, 1992.

Sustainable Forint Convertibility for Hungary. Policy Study Commissioned by the Blue Ribbon Commission. Indianapolis and Budapest, 1992. (With Paul Marer)

Interpreting and Implementing Currency Convertibility in Central and Eastern Europe: A Hungarian Perspective. Review of Economies in Transition. 1993 No 2. The Bank of Finland, Helsinki

Macroeconomic Policy, Liberalisation and Transition: Hungary’s Case. Centre for Social and Economic Research. Warsaw. December, 1993. (With Ákos Valetinyi)

The Regional Role of the Former Soviet Union and the CMEA: a Net Assessment. KOPINT-DATORG Discussion Papers, September 1994. (Originally published in the “Green Book” for the US Congress) (With A. Köves.)

Economic Growth and Fiscal Crisis in Central and Eastern Europe. The Vienna Institute for Comparative Economic Studies (WIIW), Research Report No. 218, May 1995.

Interpreting and Measuring Seigniorage: Hungary’s Case. Kopint-Datorg Discussion Papers No. 58. August, 1999. (With András Sebestyén)

Liberalisation of Imports in Hungary: Alternative Proposals, Conditions, Consequences and the Role of the World Bank. Paper prepared for the World Bank in the framework of theme No. 2. of the Hungarian SAPRI Project. Budapest, June, 2000.

Opening up the Hungarian Economy. (Conditions and Consequences of Liberalizing Trade and Capital Flows in Hungary). Paper prepared in the framework of the Ford Foundation project “External Liberalization, Distribution, and Growth”. June, 2001.

Managing Capital Flows in Hungary. Paper prepared in the framework of the ICEG project: “Managing Capital Flows in the Transition Economies of Central and Eastern Europe”. October, 2001. (With Gy. Barabás)

Macroeconomic and Sectoral Aspects of Hungary’s International Competitiveness and Trade Performance on EU Markets. WIIW Research Report, September 2002. (With S. Richter).

The policy environment shaping public expenditures and the composition of social expenditures in the European Union. Study commissioned by the UNICEF. February 2009. (with Ágnes Hárs.)

Unit values, unit labor costs and trade performance in four Central European Countries (with Gábor Békés, Balázs Muraközy and Zsuzsa Munkácsy) – IE HAS Discussion paper Series, September, 2013. (MT-DP 2013/29)

Economic convergence and structural change in the new member states of the European Union (With Éva Palócz, Dávid Popper, Ákos Valentinyi). IE HAS Discussion paper Series, August, 2015. (MT-DP 2015/44)

Economic policy and macroeconomic developments in Hungary, 2010–2015. mBank – CASE Seminar Proceedings No. 143/2016