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Hungary: An Economy in Transition

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Istvan P. Szekely, David M. G. Newbery, Laszlo Csaba, Kalman Mizsei, Laszlo Halpern, Renzo Daviddi, Zsigmond Jarai, Peter Mihályi, János Stadler, John P. Bonin, Rumen Dobrinsky, Paul Seabright, Julia Kiraly, Eva Varhegyi, Istvan Abel, Lucian Ionescu, Colin Mayer, Gábor Oblath, Werner Riecke, L. Alan Winters, Richard Portes, Tamás Sárközy, Jeno Koltay, Athar Hussain, Janos Kollo, Maria Augusztinovics, David Winter, David Begg, R. E. Rowthorn, Sir Adam Ridley.
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  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521057547

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  • The economic transformation of Hungary has reached a critical stage. This book presents some of the local arguments and perceptions informing the current debate, and critical examination of these ideas by an international panel of scholars. Chapters address the privatization program; reform of financial, tax and legal systems; integration into the international financial and monetary systems; labor markets, unemployment and the social safety net; and the political economy of the current economic transformation.

    • An up-to-date account of economic reform in Hungary: no other book has such an 'insider's' view of economic reform
    • Presents the ideas of the Hungarians themselves, with comment by leading specialists from around the world
    • Hungary is further down the road of reform than other Eastern European countries: will be of great interest to all these countries
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This excellent volume will be of value to scholars studying the economics of transition. The editors have succeeded in presenting a comprehensive analysis of Hungary's transition from a centrally planned to a market economy." Slavic Review

    "This interesting and informative collection of papers represents the proceedings of a 1992 conference held in London. In it, one may find many fascinating discussions...." Choice

    "As a presentation of Hungarian views on the Hungarian transition, the book gives information, experiences, and many original insights for the interested reader. It is indispensable reading for those who work on problems of post-socialist economies or developing economies where market institutions are in infancy. The discussion sections, where an international panel of discussants puts the essays into a broader and critical perspective, contribute much to achieve a balanced account of the Hungarian transition strategy." András Simon, Journal of Comparative Economics

    "This is a book that no serious student of the Hungarian economy can afford not to have on his or her library shelf. That this work should be considered a reference work is all the more remarkable in view of the fact that it is an edited volume, containing sixteen essays and an approximately equal number of comments on them. It is not often that edited volumes make a lasting contribution to the literature. Equally remarkable, this book is still highly recommended, even though this review is being written more than three years after the February 1992 conference on whose proceedings the volume is based. The useful shelf life of this book should extend well into the next decade." Paul Marer, Review of Social Economy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521057547
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 44 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction István P. Székély and David M. G. Newbery
    Part I. Foreign Trade:
    2. Economic consequences of Soviet disintegration for Hungary László Czaba
    3. Regional cooperation in East-Central Europe Kálmán Mizsei
    4. Export supply and import demand in Hungary: an econometric analysis for 1968–1989 Laszlo Halpern and Istvan P. Szekely
    Discussion of Part I Renzo Daviddi
    Part II. Privatization and Competition Policy:
    5. 10 percent already sold: privatization in Hungary Zsigmond Jarai
    6. Hungary: a unique approach to privatization - past, present and future Peter Mihalyi
    7. Competition policy in transition Janos Stadler
    Discussion of Part II John P. Bonin, Rumen Dobrinsky and Paul Seabright
    Part III. The Financial System and Private Savings:
    8. Short-run money market model of Hungary Julia Kiraly
    9. The modernisation of the Hungarian banking sector Eva Varhegyi
    10. Changing structure of household portfolios in emerging market economics: the case of Hungary, 1970–1989 Istvan Abel and Istvan P. Szekely
    Discussion of Part III John P. Bonin, Lucian Ionescu and Colin Mayer
    Part IV. Foreign Debt and Monetary Policy:
    11. Hungary's foreign debt controversies and macroeconomic problems Gábor Oblath
    12. Managing foreign debt and monetary policy Werner Riecke
    Discussion of Part IV L. Alan Winters and Richard Portes
    Part V. Legislative and Tax Reform:
    13. A legal framework for the Hungarian transition, 1989–1991 Tamás Sárközy
    14. Tax reform in Hungary Jeno Koltay
    Discussion of Part V Athar Hussain
    Part VI. Labour Markets, Unemployment and Social Security:
    15. The transformation of shop floor bargaining in Hungarian industry Janos Kollo
    16. The social security crisis in Hungary Maria Augusztinovics
    Discussion of Part VI David M. G. Newbery and David Winter
    Part VII. State Desertion:
    17. State desertion and convertibility
    the case of Hungary Istvan Abel and John P. Bonin
    Discussion of Part VII David Begg and R. E. Rowthorn
    Conclusion Sir Adam Ridley.

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  • Authors

    Istvan Szekely, Budapest University of Economic Sciences

    David M. G. Newbery, University of Cambridge

    Contributors

    Istvan P. Szekely, David M. G. Newbery, Laszlo Csaba, Kalman Mizsei, Laszlo Halpern, Renzo Daviddi, Zsigmond Jarai, Peter Mihályi, János Stadler, John P. Bonin, Rumen Dobrinsky, Paul Seabright, Julia Kiraly, Eva Varhegyi, Istvan Abel, Lucian Ionescu, Colin Mayer, Gábor Oblath, Werner Riecke, L. Alan Winters, Richard Portes, Tamás Sárközy, Jeno Koltay, Athar Hussain, Janos Kollo, Maria Augusztinovics, David Winter, David Begg, R. E. Rowthorn, Sir Adam Ridley.

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