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Benchmarking Structural Change in Transition

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  • Raiser, Martin

    () (World Bank)

  • Schaffer, Mark E

    () (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)

  • Schuchhardt, Johannes

    () (Humboldt University Berlin)

Abstract

The transition to market-based economic systems in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union involves fundamental shifts in the allocation of resources and deep changes in the structure of production and employment. This paper uses a simple model of economic development and structural change with technology spillovers to benchmark structural change in the transition economies and simulate the path of adjustment from central planning. We then analyse data from 10 accession candidates and 12 CIS countries to measure the progress in structural change that has taken place thus far and to assess the further structural changes that should be expected, with particular attention to the implications for accession.

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  • Raiser, Martin & Schaffer, Mark E & Schuchhardt, Johannes, 2003. "Benchmarking Structural Change in Transition," IZA Discussion Papers 727, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    transition; structural change; adjustment;
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    JEL classification:

    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General

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