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Post-Communist Country Assistance Programs: Some Approaches To Evaluation Of Factors Affecting Their Efficiency


  • Vladimir Mau

    (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy)

  • Konstantin Yanovsky

    (Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Technion (Israel))


The last decade’s Reforms in post-communist countries demonstrated, the aid proved to be most efficient in the countries where due to a timely schedule and consistency in reform implementation, governments can easily do without it. In case of Russia both the reformists and officials of international financial institutions have failed to race through the “window of opportunity”, while their vision of its necessary and sufficient qualities were likely to be inaccurate.

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  • Vladimir Mau & Konstantin Yanovsky, 2013. "Post-Communist Country Assistance Programs: Some Approaches To Evaluation Of Factors Affecting Their Efficiency," Working Papers 0060, Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, revised 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:gai:wpaper:0060

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    demand for institutions; electoral support to reforms; political factors of assistance programs efficiency; window of opportunity for reforms & for assistance program;

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    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other
    • N14 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: 1913-
    • N44 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: 1913-
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
    • P33 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - International Trade, Finance, Investment, Relations, and Aid

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