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Liberalization and the Behavior of Output during the Transition from Plan to Market

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  • Ernesto Hernández-Catá

    (International Monetary Fund)

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This paper deals with liberalization and the evolution of output during the transition from plan to market. It explains why strong liberalization leads to a comparatively steep fall in output early in the transition, but a relatively strong recovery later on. Because it takes time to restructure the capital stock inherited from the old system, liberalization initially leads to transitional unemployment of capital and the contraction of the old enterprise sector. By making room quickly for the new, more efficient enterprises, however, liberalization also sets the stage for recovery and a much higher level of income in the medium term.

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  • Ernesto Hernández-Catá, 1997. "Liberalization and the Behavior of Output during the Transition from Plan to Market," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 44(4), pages 405-429, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:imfstp:v:44:y:1997:i:4:p:405-429
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    10. Wanki Moon & Wojciech J. Florkowski & Larry R. Beuchat & Anna V. A. Resurreccion & Manjeet S. Chinnan & Pavlina Paraskova & Jordan Jordanov, 1999. "Effects of product attributes and consumer characteristics on attitude and behavior: The case of peanuts in a transition economy," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(3), pages 411-425.

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    JEL classification:

    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • P21 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform
    • P27 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Performance and Prospects
    • P52 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Studies of Particular Economies

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