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Postsocialist Countries : Macroeconomic Performance, Growth Prospects, and Social Welfare

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  • ZBIGNIEW MATKOWSKI

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The article presents a comparative analysis of the current economic situation in twenty-seven postsocialist countries of Europe and Asia, as reflected by the latest available data from various international sources. The ultimate aim is to assess the economic and social effects of transformation toward an open market economy and to elucidate the chances and threats related to further development. Current macroeconomic performance and long-term economic prospects seem to be best in Central Eastern Europe, but quite poor in the least developed countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Balkans. Much of the same applies to the living standards, which have risen in the first subgroup, but rather decreased in the second. Russia, with its huge resources and a strong impact on most neighboring countries, remains the main source of uncertainty.

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  • Zbigniew Matkowski, 2004. "Postsocialist Countries : Macroeconomic Performance, Growth Prospects, and Social Welfare," Eastern European Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(3), pages 44-80, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:eaeuec:v:42:y:2004:i:3:p:44-80
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    1. Hanousek, Jan & Kocenda, Evzen & Maurel, Mathilde, 2011. "Direct and indirect effects of FDI in emerging European markets: A survey and meta-analysis," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 301-322, September.
    2. Alexei Izyumov & Trista Claxon, 2009. "Models of Capitalism and Income Distribution in Transition Economies: A Comparative Perspective," Journal of Economic Issues, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(3), pages 733-758.

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