Institutional Deterioration in Transition Economies: Playing Follow-the-Leader During the Global Financial Crisis?
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- Hartwell, C.A. Transit Stud Rev (2013) 20: 131. doi:10.1007/s11300-013-0275-5
Economic transition was a systemic change of institutions from those that facilitated a planned, communist economy to those suitable for a market economy. This paper examines the state of this political and economic institutional development in 28 transition economies, focusing on the global financial crisis years of 2007–2012. According to various metrics of institutions, institutional regression has indeed occurred but has been somewhat localized in the countries of the CIS. However, property rights have regressed in some countries in Central/Southern Europe, while financial sector institutions have uniformly degraded across the entire transition space.