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
Email: vargaa@ktk.pte.hu
Phone: +36-72/501-599 extension: 23149
Room: B405

Education

  • • 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

Curriculum Vitae
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Research Interests

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

Awards and Honors

  • • Hungarian Order of Merit, Officer's Cross, 2018
  • • The Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Akadémiai Díj), 2018
  • • 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

Biography

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 Business and Economics, University of Pécs. He earned his Ph.D. at West Virginia University (USA) in 1997. His previous positions include Research Assistant Professorship at the Regional Research Institute of West Virginia University (1997-1998), Senior Research Fellowships at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (1999-2001). From 2006 to 2012 he served as the Director of the Department of Economics and Regional Studies of FBE. Invited visiting 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), Wigeo, Leibniz University Hannover (2018). 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. 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.

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