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The Path of Reform in Central and Eastern Europe: An Introduction

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  • Portes, Richard

This paper is the Introduction to a special issue of European Economy on `The Path of Reform in Central and Eastern Europe'. It discusses the sources of the current wave of `Europessimism': exogenous shocks, adjustment costs, sequencing errors, and other policy errors. This analysis may help in assessing the extent to which we are observing a `J-Curve' phenomenon. The paper then considers some key topics in the strategy of reformers: (i) establishing a regime change; (ii) the order, speed and robustness of the chosen sequence of reforms; (iii) the institutional framework and the behaviour of firms; (iv) financial restructuring; (v) nominal and real anchors; (vi) convertibility and exchange rate policy; (vii) trade and debt.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 559.

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Date of creation: May 1991
Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:559
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