The Czech Republic and Economic Transition in Eastern Europe

The Czech Republic and Economic Transition in Eastern Europe

1st Edition - July 28, 1995

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  • Editor: Jan Svejnar
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483289236

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The Czech Republic and Economic Transition in Eastern Europe is the first in-depth, comparative analysis of the Czech Republic's economic transition after the fall of the Communist bloc. Edited by Jan Svejnar,a principal architect of the Czech economic transformation and Economic Advisor to President Vaclav Havel, the book poses important questions about the Republic and its partners in Central and Eastern Europe. The thirty-five essayists describe the country's macroeconomic performance; its development of capital markets; the structure and performance of its industries; its unemployment, household behavior, and income distribution; and the environmental and health issues it faces.In this in-depth, comparative analysis of the Czech Republic's economic transition, an international team of thirty-five economists examine the Republic and its partners in Central and Eastern Europe. Important questions and issues permeate the essays. For example, prior to 1939 the Czech Republic possessed the most advanced economy in the region; is it capable of reestablishing its dominance? Relative to its neighbors, the Republic ranks especially high on some transition-related performance indicators but low on others. What economic effects are related to the 1993 dissolution of the Czech and Slovak governments? And what can be learned by comparing the economic outcomes of two countries that shared legal and institutional frameworks? Data describe the country's macroeconomic performance; its development of capital markets; the structure and performance of its industries; its unemployment, household behavior, and income distribution; and the environmental and health issues facing it. Its most important contributions are its clarifications of the transition process.The authors included in Transforming Czechoslovakia combine the best available data and techniques of economic analysis to assess the replacement of the inefficient but internally consistent central planning system with a more efficient market system. These authors, among whom are central European economic analysts, senior U.S. economists, and Czechoslovakian professors and economic researchers, discuss the country's macroeconomic performance; its development of capital markets; the structure and performance of its industries; its unemployment, household behavior, and income distribution; and the environmental and health issues facing it. The essays vary between presentations of history and policy and technical examinations of data. Together they offer the most comprehensive and detailed assessment of the country's economic transformation in print.This book is important because its essayists compile results and reach conclusions that are broad and credible. The empirical data were gathered on the ground and have been subjected to advanced methodologies, including game theory, industrial organization, and Granger-Sims causality.

Readership

Upper division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members working in international economics and political science courses, especially those concerned with economic and political transitions and political development and modernization. Business people, policy makers, and others who are interested in Czech and, more generally, eastern European economic conditions.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors.
    List of Figures.
    List of Tables.
    List of Abbreviations.
    Preface.
    J. Svejnar, Introduction and Overview.
    K. Dyba and J. Svejnar, A Comparative Overview of Economic Developments in the Czech Republic.
    F. Turnovec, The Political System and Economic Transition.
    J. Jilek, The Quality and Availability of Official Statistical Data.
    I. Sujan and M. Sujanova, The Macroeconomic Situation in the Czech Republic.
    N. Budina, J. Hanousek, and Z. Tuma, Money Demand and Seignorage in Transition.
    M.S. Vosvrda, Efficiency of Transitional Economies: The Output-Inflation Tradeoff.
    J. Kotrba, Privatization Process in Czech Republic: Players and Winners.
    R. Lastovicka, A. Marcincin, and M. Mejstrik, Corporate Governance and Share Prices in Voucher Privatized Companies.
    L. Lizal, M. Singer, and J. Svejnar, Manager Interests, Breakups and Performance of State Enterprises in Transition.
    A. Zemplinerova and J. Stibal, Evolution and Efficiency of Concentration in Manufacturing.
    M. Bohata, P. Hanel, and M. Fischer, Performance of Manufacturing.
    J. Svejnar, K. Terrell, and D. Munich, Unemployment in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
    M. Vavrejnova and I. Moravcikova, The Czech Household Sector in Transition.
    T. Garner, M. Lubyova, and K. Terrell, Changes in Expenditure and Income Inequality in the Czech and Slovak Republics, 1989 vs. 1992.
    A. Cerna, E. Tosovska, and P. Cetkovsky, Economic Transformation and the Environment.
    R.K. Filer, J. Veprek, O. Vyborna, O. Vyborna, and P. Veprek, Health Care Reform in the Czech Republic. References.
    Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 434
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1995
  • Published: July 28, 1995
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483289236

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Jan Svejnar

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