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In the 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, the former planned economies in East Germany and Eastern Europe have undergone fundamental processes of change. In the new federal states, the economic structure has undergone fundamental changes, but convergence with the old federal states is not complete. The economic catching-up process of the transition countries of Eastern Europe, some of which are now members of the European Union, is continuing. Where are East Germany and the transition countries today? How have democratic institutions and market-economy structures developed in the transition countries?

Pamela Campa, Michel Serafinelli, 22 June 2018

Attitudes towards work and gender simultaneously shape, and are shaped by, the conventions, practices, and policies in a given place and time. This column explores how politico-economic regimes affect attitudes towards gender roles and labour, exploiting the rise and fall of the Iron Curtain. Results show that women in state-socialist regimes tended to have less negative and less traditional views of work and labour force participation.

Paul Beaudry, Dana Galizia, Franck Portier, 04 July 2015

Whereas some view the macroeconomy as overall stable and on a smooth long-run growth path, others argue it is unstable with repeated periods of booms and busts. This column suggests that the market economy is inherently unstable and booms and busts arise endogenously as the results of market incentives. Monetary policy is then perhaps not the right tool for addressing macroeconomic fluctuations. Instead, policies aimed at changing the incentives would be more appropriate.

Gilles Saint-Paul, 26 June 2009

Gilles Saint-Paul of the Toulouse School of Economics talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about his work on the evolution of people’s beliefs about the market economy – how it affects occupational choice; how it is influenced by intellectuals who may be biased against the market economy; and how this all plays out in public debate about economic reform, particularly in France. The interview was recorded at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference at the University of Surrey in April 2009.


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