Transition Economies



Policymakers in countries that have undergone transitions from state-owned to more privatized economies are looking for two types of analyses:
  1. They benefit from technical assistance in establishing social insurance and re-employment programs.
  2. They gain useful information from understanding the impacts of ownership changes on employment, wages, and productivity.


  • What aspects of U.S. social insurance programs fit labor markets in transition economies?
  • What are the impacts of private ownership on employment, wages, and productivity?
  • Which seems to have better outcomes—domestic or foreign private ownership?
  • What explains the variation in economic trajectories of transition economies?

Selected Institute Research

Mass Privatisation and the Post-Communist Mortality Crisis: Is There Really a Relationship?
John Earle, Upjohn Institute
Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 10-162, 2010

“Helping Hand or Grabbing Hand? State Bureaucracy and Privatization Effectiveness”
J. David Brown, U.S. Census Bureau
John Earle, Upjohn Institute
Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin-Madison
American Political Science Review103(2): 264-283, 2009

“The Net Impact of Active Labour Market Programs in Hungary and Poland”
Christopher O’Leary, Upjohn Institute
(with P. Koloddziejczyk and G. Lazar)
International Labour Review 137(3): 321-346, 1998

More Institute Research about Transition Economies