Dr. Zareh Asatryan, deputy head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, has been appointed to the Economic Policy Council to the Prime Minister of Armenia. The independent council was established in May 2022.
Together with eight other experts from academia, politics and business, Zareh Asatryan will provide policy advice to the Armenian government as input for the design of economic reforms. The ZEW economist will contribute with his expertise especially in the area of public finances. Dr. Asatryan explains: “Armenia is facing major economic challenges as a result of ongoing political and economic transformations in the world as well as due to major regional shocks. I look forward to contributing my knowledge – especially in the areas of fiscal and tax policy – in order to help the country make better informed economic policy decisions.”
ZEW research department head Professor Friedrich Heinemann adds: “The fact that Zareh Asatryan has been selected for this prestigious and important task is a testament to his outstanding work. It also shows the great economic policy relevance of ZEW research in the field of public finance, which is highly appreciated even beyond the borders of the EU.”
Zareh Asatryan studied economics at Humboldt University in Berlin and applied mathematics and statistics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the USA. In 2015, he obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Freiburg. His research focuses on public finance, political economy and development economics. His research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Public Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics. According to RePEc, Dr. Asatryan is ranked among the top one per cent of young economists worldwide whose first publication was ten or fewer years ago. He has been a board member of the Armenian Economic Association for over ten years.