Russian Reform / International Money

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Departing from tradition, both Yegor Gaidar, former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Karl Otto Pöhl, former Chairman of the German Bundesbank,were invited to give the 1993 Lionel Robbins Lectures. The experiences of each author reflect the vast economic changes spreading across Europe — economic reform in the East and growing economic integration in the West. Gaidar helped launch Russian economic reforms in 1992; Pöhl fought the hyperinflation in Europe of the 1970s and 1980s and laid the groundwork ...

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Overview

Departing from tradition, both Yegor Gaidar, former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Karl Otto Pöhl, former Chairman of the German Bundesbank,were invited to give the 1993 Lionel Robbins Lectures. The experiences of each author reflect the vast economic changes spreading across Europe — economic reform in the East and growing economic integration in the West. Gaidar helped launch Russian economic reforms in 1992; Pöhl fought the hyperinflation in Europe of the 1970s and 1980s and laid the groundwork for monetary stability in Western Europe.

These lectures provide insight into how these leaders assessed the risks of their situations and used basic economic analysis to chart their courses.Gaidar reviews the events that led up to the August coup in Russia to argue that gradualism was not a viable approach to economic reform. He describes the conditions and dilemmas of the time, observing that reform in Russia is as much a political puzzle as it is an economic challenge. He outlines the successes and present dangers and concludes with an optimistic assessment of Russia's prospects for reform.Pöhl provides an insider's view of the efforts of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to stabilize exchange rates from the 1970s on. He describes the tension in one country between the goals of price stability and exchange rate stability. This leads to a discussion of how monetary union was proposed in Europe and why the movement has hit snags. An appendix provides more details on the objectives and proposed structure of European monetary integration.Lionel Robbins Lectures

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Offers two presentations at the London School of Economics in 1993 by Yegor Gaidar, former prime minister of the Federation of Russia, and Karl Otto Pohl, former president of the Deutsche Bundesbank. Gaidar, a major force behind Russia's transition to a market system, explains the unraveling of the country's economy and recommends steps to rebuild it. Pohl helped lay the groundwork for Europe's current monetary integration, and he argues for integrated financial markets with free movement of capital throughout Europe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262519069
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/1995
  • Series: Lionel Robbins Lectures
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Yegor Gaidar (1956—2009) was a Russian economist and politician and a key architect of economic reforms in Russia's transition to a market economy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Russian Reform 1
1 Our Inheritance 3
2 Liberalization 21
3 Privatization and Stabilization 39
International Monetary Policy: A Personal View 55
1 International Cooperation in Monetary Policy and Currency Management 57
2 The Road to European Economic and Monetary Union 83
Appendix: The Further Development of the European Monetary System 99
Index 141
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