Economic Transition Eastern Europe and Russia: Realities of Reform

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Thirteen essays by acknowledged economic experts explore the rapid changes in the transition economies of Eastern Europe, with discussions on political and economic freedom, monetary control and privatization, labor markets and social safety nets, and taxation and crime.
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Thirteen essays by acknowledged economic experts explore the rapid changes in the transition economies of Eastern Europe, with discussions on political and economic freedom, monetary control and privatization, labor markets and social safety nets, and taxation and crime.
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An evaluation of the efficacy of different forms of liberalization since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, in the form of 13 essays on economic and political reforms. Following an extensive introductory essay (Economic Reform: Appropriate Steps and Actual Policies), the remaining essays are organized in three parts: fundamental components of economic reform; specific problems in reform; and comparisons and evaluations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817993320
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Series: Publication Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward P. Lazear, Morris Arnold Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, was named to President Bush's new advisory Tax Reform Panel. Lazear will work with nine other panel members to look into revenue-neutral policy options for reforming the Federal Internal Revenue Code. Lazear is also the Jack Steele Parker Professor of Human Resources, Management and Economics (1995) at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he has taught since 1992. He taught previously at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, where he was the Brown Professor of Urban and Labor Economics.
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Table of Contents

1 Economic Reform: Appropriate Steps and Actual Policies 3
2 Macroeconomics in Russia 65
3 Democracy and Economic Reform: Tensions, Compatibilities, and Strategies for Reconciliation 107
4 Privatization in the Former Soviet Empire 159
5 Revenue Assignment and Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Russia 199
6 Credibility, Commitment, and Soviet Economic Reform 247
7 Gradual versus Rapid Liberalization in Socialist Foreign Trade 276
8 Contract Enforcement Institutions: Historical Perspective and Current Status in Russia 291
9 Publicly Provided Private Goods and Services in a Transition Economy 322
10 The Red Mafia: A Legacy of Communism 340
11 Defense Conversion and Economic Reform in Russia 367
12 Employment and Unemployment after Communism 391
13 China's Nonconformist Reforms 419
List of Contributors 435
Index 439
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