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Investment, Restructuring and Performance in Transition Economies


  • Vladimir Popov


This article seeks to test whether there is evidence that investment affects economic performance as measured by changes in GDP during transition: we find that differences in performance are associated mostly not with investment patterns but with varying marginal capital productivity. There is some evidence that higher investment generally contributes to greater restructuring. However, the link between industrial restructuring at the macro level and economic performance (GDP change) is not straightforward: shifts in industrial structure (industry/agriculture/services) and changes in the share of defence expenditure in GDP do not appear to affect performance, but there is a strong link between increases in export/GDP ratios and better capital productivity and performance.

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  • Vladimir Popov, 1999. "Investment, Restructuring and Performance in Transition Economies," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(4), pages 445-462.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pocoec:v:11:y:1999:i:4:p:445-462 DOI: 10.1080/14631379995832

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    1. Popov, V., 1996. "A Russian Puzzle. What Makes the Russian Economy Transformation a Special Case," Research Paper 29, World Institute for Development Economics Research.
    2. de Melo, Martha & Denizer, Cevdet & Gelb, Alan, 1996. "Patterns of Transition from Plan to Market," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 10(3), pages 397-424, September.
    3. Vladimir Popov, 1998. "Will Russia achieve fast economic growth?," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(4), pages 421-449.
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    1. Saul Estrin & Stepana Lazarova & Giovanni Urga, 2001. "Convergence in Transition Countries – Focus on Investment: Central and Eastern Europe, 1970–1996," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 34(3), pages 215-230, October.
    2. Franz Barjak, 2001. "Regional Disparities in Transition Economies: A Typology for East Germany and Poland," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(3), pages 289-311.
    3. Malaj, Arben & Mema, Fatmir, 2003. "Strategic privatisation: Its achievements and challenges," BERG Working Paper Series 41, Bamberg University, Bamberg Economic Research Group.
    4. Laurila, Juhani & Singh, Rupinder, 2000. "Sequential reform strategy : The case of Azerbaijan," BOFIT Discussion Papers 8/2000, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.

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