Attila Varga

Director, Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center
Director, Doctoral School of Regional Policy and Economics
Professor of Economics
Department of Economics and Econometrics
Phone: +36-72/501-599 extension: 23149
Room: B405


  • • D.Sc. (Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) in Economics, Budapest, 2006, Dissertation: Agglomeration, Technological Change and Economic Growth: The Macroeconomic Effects of the Geography of Research and Development
  • • Habilitation, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Pécs, 2006
  • • Ph.D. in Economics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA Dissertation: Regional Economic Effects of University Research: A Spatial Econometric Perspective. March, 1997 (Chair: Dr. Luc Anselin)
  • • University Doctor in Economics, Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, Hungary Dissertation: The Newtonian Influence on Adam Smith’s Economics. October, 1989 (Advisors: Dr. András Bródy, Dr. Aladár Madarász)
  • • M.A. in Economics, Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, Hungary, 1983

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Research Interests

regional innovation systems, regional economic development, entrepreneurship, policy impact assessment

Awards and Honors

  • • Szentágothai János Research Excellence Award, Hungarian Ministry of Education, 2014
  • • Outstanding Alumni Scholar Award, Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University, Morgantown WV, USA, 2011
  • • Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Pécs 2008
  • • Széchenyi István Scholarship, Hungarian Ministry of Education, 2001-2005
  • • J. Dadisman Doctoral Award to the outstanding full time Ph.D. candidate of the year in Economics, the College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University, 1996
  • • Baltic/East Central European Assistance Award, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 1992-1994
  • • Best Paper Award, 14th National Scientific Students' Associations (OTDK) conference, Budapest, 1982


Attila Varga is the Director of the Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center and Professor at the Department of Economics and Econometrics of the Faculty of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Pécs. He earned his Ph.D. at West Virginia University (USA) in 1997. His previous positions include a Research Assistant Professorship at the Regional Research Institute of West Virginia University (1997-1998) and Senior Research Fellowships at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (1999-2001). Professor Varga is the Founding Director of the Centre of Research in Economic Policy at the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE). From 2006 to 2012 he served as the Director of the Department of Economics and Regional Studies of FBE. Invited visiting research positions: the Institute of Public Policy, George Mason University (1997), Max Planck Institute, Jena (2004), Saint Etienne University (2005), JRC-IPTS of the European Commission, in Seville (2008), GREThA at the University of Bordeaux (2012). Attila Varga is internationally well-known for his research in the fields of regional innovation and economic development. He has published widely in major international journals of his research field and serves on the editorial boards of various international journals of regional economics and economics of technological change. Attila Varga is also the Director of the Doctoral School of Regional Policy and Economics and Head of the MTA-PTE Innovation and Regional Economic Growth Research Group.

Attila Varga

Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center