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Social Transfers and Inequality During the Polish Transition

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  • Keane, Michael
  • Prasad, Eswar

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In general, most countries of the former Eastern bloc have experienced poor growth performance and large increases in income inequality during the transition process. The most obvious success story in the process of transition to date has been Poland, which has outstripped other transition economies in terms of growth performance, while at the same time experiencing only modest increases in inequality. Hence, a detailed analysis of the Polish experience, with a view toward asking what the country did right, is of considerable interest.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 54326.

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Keywords: Transition economics; growth; inequality; social transfers; income distribution;

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  1. Wu, Ximing & Perloff, Jeffrey M., 2004. "China's Income Distribution Over Time: Reasons for Rising Inequality," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt9jw2v939, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.

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