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Transforming the Lithuanian Economy: from Moscow to Vilnius and from Plan to Market


  • Val Samonis


By the end of the 1980s, the degree of the suppression of free thought in the USSR has diminished appreciably. As a result, various independently developed solutions to a multifaceted Soviet crisis were put forward. The Baltic states /Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia/ have been leading the way in terms of intensity and originality of discussions as well as the progress of reforms. This is not surprising in view of their political and economic predicament /illegal Soviet occupation in the postwar period/ as well as attitudes prevailing among the population. The purpose of this study is to explore economic reform initiatives and their implementation /economic transformation/ in Lithuania during the period starting before independence and ending some five years after regaining it. The broader aim is to contribute to the economics and/or the political economy of the postcommunist change. An international interdisciplinary and comparative perspective is adopted in the study.

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  • Val Samonis, 1995. "Transforming the Lithuanian Economy: from Moscow to Vilnius and from Plan to Market," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0042, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:sec:cnstan:0042

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    1. Krueger, Anne O., 1990. "Perspectives on Trade and Development," University of Chicago Press Economics Books, University of Chicago Press, edition 1, number 9780226454900, April.
    2. Samonis, Valdas, 1990. "Blueprint for Lithuania's economic independence : A systematic perspective," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 6(3), pages 429-436, December.
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    1. Marek Dabrowski, 2017. "Post-Communist Transition and Monetary Disintegration," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 17(4), pages 03-11, January.
    2. Marek Dabrowski, 1995. "The Reasons of the Collapse of the Ruble Zone," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0058, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
    3. Mező, Júlia & Bagi, Ágnes, 2012. "Crisis management in the Baltic States," MPRA Paper 40366, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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