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Pareto-Improving Economic Reforms through Dual-Track Liberalization

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  • Lawrence J. Lau
  • Yingyi Qian
  • Gerard Roland

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Pareto-improving economic reforms that also simultaneously achieve efficiency can be implemented through a strategy of "dual-track" liberalization. Its success requires the feasibility of the original plan and its continued enforcement by the state. The Chinese experience demonstrates that such a strategy works. Keywords: economic reform, transition, political economy, dual track, China. JEL classification: P21

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Paper provided by Stanford University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 97007.

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