Jelena Žarković Rakic works as the director and program manager of FREN sice 2012.
Within the framework of research projects she is dealing with issues of tax and social policy and labor market issues. Some of the projects on which she worked are: Creating a micro-simulation model of tax policy and social benefits for Serbia (FREN and University of Essex), Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia country chapters for the OECD tax and benefit model (2009, World Bank) , Simulation of effects of the Draft Law on Social Protection on the income distribution and poverty in Serbia using SRMOD (2010, World Bank). From inactivity to employment: Options for raising activity and employment in Serbia (FREN and Social inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia), Making Work Pay in Western Balkan Countries: Evidence from Serbia and Macedonia (Regional Research Promotion Programme Western Balkans), Making a budget calculator (PRO CONCEPT in cooperation with the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia).
For professional training she stayed at George Mason University (2005, USA) and the European University Institute (2009, Italy). She participated with notable contributions in the work of a large number of domestic and international conferences.