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Harvard professor Sachs, the noted author of several books on international trade and an economic adviser to over a dozen countries, including Poland, is a major commentator on the awesome task of economic reform in Eastern Europe. In this latest work, he advocates a "big bang" approach to economic reform in Poland and other Eastern European countries. This type of reform (also called "shock therapy") favors the quick conversion of socialist economies to capitalism (featuring the elimination of price controls and the overhaul of monetary policy, among other things), rather than the slow, methodical approach championed by some other economists. Sachs's work is well researched, convincing, and quite fascinating; the method he advocates is already proving effective in Poland. Highly recommended.
- Kris Swank, American Graduate Sch. of International Management Lib., Glendale, Ariz.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A spirited and persuasive defense of Poland"s main approach to economic restructuring." Foreign Affairs

"This important monograph will surely become required reading in courses dealing with the economics of transition." George Blazyca , Times Higher Education Supplement


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Product Details

  • Series: Lionel Robbins Lectures
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (August 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262691744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262691741
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,657,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1998
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This is one of the best economic books I have ever read. Filled with concise arguments and figures, Sachs makes his case for the liberalization of the Polish economy. Never boring and a very good read, this book is an inside depth into Poland's free market reforms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guinevere Nell on September 8, 2007
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Filled with simple tables of statistics from before and after transition policies, this book is straightforward, very readable, very enjoyable and useful. Its is pretty short, but covers all the basics for an overview of the process and transformation during what what a very successful and very fast transition. Sachs is modest and cautious in his evaluation of progress-- and yet he had reason to be proud.

Contrast this with "Privatizing Russia" wherein the authors boast about the obvious success of their theories and policy proposals and yet leave the country rife with corruption. This book also covers the theories of privatization and transition a lot less, but instead presents the case of Poland, which can be used as an example. Sometimes one real successful case study is more useful than a lot of high sounding theory.

One important takeaway though, is that Poland had it easy in that it was a small socialized country in the midst of a pretty well functioning European marketplace. As soon as it opened its economy to international trade and foreign investment, competition was introduced to all the firms-- even as they were still nationalized. The benefits of the market were immediate in competition, inputs, prices, etc. Russia had to do without this immense benefit.
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