Milan Vodopivec received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a staff member of the World Bank, where he has worked in the Research Department and in the Human Development Network. He also served as a State Undersecretary at the Ministry of Labor of Slovenia, and was a teacher and dean of the first private college in Slovenia. His research interests focus on labor market and cash benefit systems. He has published widely in these areas.