1st Edition

The Economics of Transition Developing and Reforming Emerging Economies

Edited By Ichiro Iwasaki Copyright 2020
    398 Pages 101 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    398 Pages 101 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the last three decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall, there has been a vast amount of study looking at transforming the planned economy to a market economy from both theoretical and empirical aspects. This book provides an overview and insight into transition economies in the recent decades and looks at key economics topics from the so-called “transition strategy debate” to environmental reform.

    The book also includes an analytical review and meta-analysis of the existing literature. By integrating theoretical discussions and synthesizing empirical findings in a systematic manner, this book may help to enlighten the debate on the timing, speed, and policy sequence of economic transition.

    The book will particularly appeal to researchers, policy makers, other practitioners, and under- and post-graduate students who are interested in transition economies in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, and China. It aims to be read as an advanced reader.

    1. The Economics of Transition: Aim, Method, and Structure

    Ichiro Iwasaki

    2. Transition Strategy Debate: Radicalism Versus Gradualism

    Ichiro Iwasaki and Taku Suzuki

    3. Transformational Recession and Recovery: Determinants of the J-Curved Growth Path

    Ichiro Iwasaki and Kazuhiro Kumo

    4. Economic Transition and Poverty: Changes in the Determinants of Poverty

    Kazuhiro Kumo

    5. Social Confusion and Corruption: Investigating the Causes and Effects of a Breakdown of Ethics

    Taku Suzuki and Satoshi Mizobata

    6. Privatization, Corporate Ownership, and Enterprise Restructuring

    Ichiro Iwasaki and Satoshi Mizobata

    7. Human Resource Management in Transition

    Norio Horie and Kazuhiro Kumo

    8. The Collapse of the Comecon System and Trade in Transition Countries

    Akira Uegaki and Kazuhiro Kumo

    9. Foreign Direct Investment in Transition Economies: Its Determinants and Macroeconomic Impacts

    Ichiro Iwasaki and Masahiro Tokunaga

    10. Regime Change and Environmental Reform

    Masahiro Tokunaga


    Ichiro Iwasaki is Professor at the Institute of Economic Research of Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan.

    “The collapse of communism and the transition to capitalism caused major upheavals not only in the economies of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union but also in economics. This volume provides an invaluable service by surveying the literature on transition in a systematic way, mainly via meta-analysis. It brings authoritative clarity to the controversies about transition and should be read by all economists interested in transition, development and policy making.”
    Josef C. Brada, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, Arizona State University

    “With a talented team of contributors, Iwasaki has produced a masterful work that uses meta-analysis to draw on thousands of academic studies to evaluate central issues in transition economics—from privatization and growth to poverty and corruption. In addition, the chapters provide valuable syntheses of the main debates on these topics. Anyone interested in economic development and transition should read this book.”
    Timothy Frye, Marshall Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Politics, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

    “After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, socialist countries embarked on a monumental transition from centrally-planned to market-based economies. This process has been one of the greatest transformations of our time but even now many elements of the process continue to generate heated debates. This important book provides a bird’s eye view on 30 years of research in transition economics. Academics, policymakers and students should find this book’s synthesis most informative.”
    Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Professor, Department of Economics, University of California Berkeley

    “This book presents one of the most systematic and comprehensive surveys of transition experiences in the former socialist transition economies. By applying meta-analysis to the extensive literature, it lucidly summarizes what we have learnt from the grand scale of transformation in economic systems. As the most important achievement in surveying wide-ranging issues on transition, it is clearly a must-read for scholars and graduate students in this field.”
    Byung-Yeon Kim, Professor, Department of Economics, Seoul National University

    “Thirty year after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Economics of Transition provides a comprehensive, yet deep, assessment of its economic consequences. It masterfully blends essential theoretical discussions of reform and emerging markets with state-of-the-art syntheses of all of the related research evidence. For scholars, policy makers and students, Economics of Transition reveals the important lessons of three decades of transition research like no other scholarly work.”
    T. D. Stanley, Professor of Meta-Analysis, School of Business and Law, Deakin University