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Behind the Wall: What Remains of the “Communist Legacy” in Contemporary Europe

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  • Matteo Migheli

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    CeRP – Collegio “Carlo Alberto”)

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Abstract The Wall of Berlin felt more than 20 years ago. Since then a deep transformation has characterised the Eastern countries. People in both Eastern and Western Europe have known dramatic changes related to the integration of former communist countries in the “western world”. Using a new empirical approach, this paper proposes an inquiry into the people’s preferences and attitudes towards competition and market regulation. The results show that strong and significant differences between Eastern and Western citizens still persist. The new approach is compared to the traditional, to show that the results are robust to different methodologies.

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  • Matteo Migheli, 2016. "Behind the Wall: What Remains of the “Communist Legacy” in Contemporary Europe," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 127(2), pages 671-690, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:127:y:2016:i:2:d:10.1007_s11205-015-0990-x
    DOI: 10.1007/s11205-015-0990-x
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    Keywords

    Transition; Eastern Europe; Western Europe; People’s support; Market economy;

    JEL classification:

    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
    • P36 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty

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