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Working PaperThe Political Economy of Industrial Development in Vietnam: Impact of State-Business Relationship on Industrial Performance, 1986-2012
Vietnam’s industrial development since doi moi is a success, but only a partial one. This paper provides a political economy account of Vietnam’s industrial growth since 1986...Business enterprises Corporation law Economic growth
BlogVarying Growth Trajectories of the West and the South: The Role of Inequality and Institutions
27 August 2014 Vladimir Popov Modern economic growth started in the West, not because of the efficiency of various capitalist institutions (elimination of serfdom, free cities, universities)...Capitalism Economic growth Government policy (Poor)
Book ChapterNew Light on China's Rural Elites
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentCommune Elite (Social sciences) Entrepreneurship
Book ChapterThe Demographic Transformation of Post-Socialist Countries: Causes, Consequences and Questions
From the book: Economies in TransitionFamilies Health Population
Book ChapterInto the Void: Governing Finance in Central and Eastern Europe
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommercial law Financial institutions Financing, Government
Book ChapterThe Long-Run Weight of Communism or the Weight of Long-Run History?
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist state History (Economics) Institutional economics
Book ChapterTwenty Years Later and the Socialist Heritage is Still Kicking: The Case of Russia
From the book: Economies in TransitionEconomic development Institutional economics Post-communism
Book ChapterTransition in Southeast Europe: Understanding Economic Development and Institutional Change
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist state Economic development Institutional economics
Book ChapterCentral Asia after Two Decades of Independence
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist state Comparative economics Economic development
Working PaperNew Light on China’s Rural Elites
This paper analyses political elites, economic elites, hybrid elite households and non-elite households in rural China using household data for 1995 and 2002. We seek to understand the determinants of belonging to each of the three elite categories...Commune Elite (Social sciences) Entrepreneurship
Working PaperMozambique’s Elite – Finding its Way in a Globalized World and Returning to Old Development Models
What makes elites developmental instead of predatory? We argue that Mozambique’s elite was developmental at independence 35 years ago. With pressure and encouragement from international forces, it became predatory...Economic development Political science Poverty
Working PaperThe Long-Run Weight of Communism or the Weight of Long-Run History?
This study provides evidence that culture understood as values and beliefs moves very slowly. Despite massive institutional change, values and beliefs in transition countries have not changed much over the last 20 years...Communist state History (Economics) Institutional economics
Working PaperInto the Void: Governing Finance in Central and Eastern Europe
Twenty years after the fall of the iron curtain—which for decades had separated East from West—most countries of Central and Eastern Europe are now members of the European Union; some have even adopted the euro...Commercial law Financial institutions Financing, Government
Working PaperThe New Grand Bourgeoisie under Post-Communism: Central Europe, Russia and China Compared
In the former socialist redistributive economies, the transition to market economy and the conversion to private ownership followed different trajectories...Income distribution Post-communism Socialism
Working PaperTwenty Years Later and the Socialist Heritage is still Kicking: The Case of Russia
Only recently, 20 years after transition to a market system, has Russia regained a similar production level it had achieved on the eve of transition in 1991...Economic development Institutional economics Post-communism
Working PaperCentral Asia after Two Decades of Independence
After becoming independent in 1991, the five Central Asian countries pursued differing transition paths from the defunct central planning. This paper analyses the connection between economic policies and performance during the 1990s and 2000s...Communist state Comparative economics Economic development