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Good Institutions are not enough: Ongoing Challenges of East German Development

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  • Wendy Carlin

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A major theme in accounts of the transitional recession and delayed convergence in post-communist economies is the role of institutions. Yet via unification, East Germany had immediate access to credible, high quality institutions. This paper argues that success in a capitalist economy depends not only on high quality institutions but also on finding one’s niche in the international division of labour. East Germany’s experience highlights the long shadow cast by the period under communism over the economy’s ability to find its comparative advantage in tradeables on a scale adequate for self-sustaining growth.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3204.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3204

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Keywords: transition; institutions; East Germany; tradeables; convergence;

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  1. Wendy Carlin, 2011. "Good Institutions are not Enough: Ongoing Challenges of Eastern German Development," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 9(1), pages 28-34, 05.
  2. Francesco Pigliaru & Luciano Mauro, 2011. "Social Capital, Institutions and Growth: Further Lessons from the Italian Regional Divide," ERSA conference papers ersa11p1866, European Regional Science Association.

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