By World Bank, Pradeep Mitra, Marcelo Selowsky

Why has financial progress in a few transition economies of japanese Europe and the previous Soveit Union been greater than in others? If monetary reforms convey transparent advantages for nations in transition, why have a few governments been so reluctant to just accept them? How may still coverage suggestion provided to those international locations be converted within the gentle of expertise and contemporary stipulations? Transition--The First Ten Years attracts at the global Bank's operational event and the wide literature on transition to assist handle those questions. This file seems to be on the coverage and institutional stipulations that motivate the expansion of latest companies in transition economies whereas enforcing monetary self-discipline at the previous enterprises inherited from the socialist earlier, with out granting unique favors to both. whereas emphasizing the significance of market-oriented coverage reforms, the document additionally examines political recommendations to push the reform strategy ahead in numerous transition international locations. This ebook is geared toward policymakers and imagine tanks in transition international locations, exterior donors and advisors, and all these within the foreign improvement neighborhood drawn to the coverage and institutional demanding situations dealing with the nations of jap Europe and the previous Soviet Union.

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Estimates of the size of the informal sector, using various methods, suggest that its share of GDP varies enormously across the region, from 6 to 60 percent of GDP. In addition, during the transition there were sharp changes in the composition of output, reducing the proportion of goods from which consumers derived little (current or future) value, such as military output, low-productivity capital goods, and poor quality consumer goods. These qualitative factors place additional limits to the usefulness of aggregate output as a measure of changes in the population’s standard of living.

Indeed, policy variables are statistically significant in both periods, implying that market-oriented policy reforms not only speed economic recovery and promote growth in the medium-term, but also mitigate the effects of the transition recession in the short term. 15 Transition—The First Ten Years: Analysis and Lessons for Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union What If Policies Themselves Are Endogenous? P olicies, in general, are endogenous. The choice might depend on initial conditions that might influence the possibility of policy consensus behind reform (de Melo and others 1997).

Reform history. Some countries (Hungary, Poland, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and to a lesser extent, Bulgaria) introduced some elements of market-based reforms before the collapse of the Soviet Union. The indicator capturing reform history is the World Bank’s Index of Liberalization in 1989 (de Melo, Denizer, and Gelb 1996). • Pretransition growth rate. Looking at the average growth in 1985–89, the more mature countries stagnated in the late 1980s, while the poorest countries on average had higher growth.

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