© 1993

Stabilization and Privatization in Poland

An Economic Evaluation of the Shock Therapy Program

  • Kazimierz Z. Poznanski

Part of the International Studies in Economics and Econometrics book series (ISEE, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Kazimierz Z. Poznanski
      Pages 1-11
  3. Stabilization Program and Economic Recession

  4. Foreign Trade Sector: Reform and Policies

  5. Privatization of State Capital Assets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Wojciech W. Charemza
      Pages 151-171
    3. Przemyslaw T. Gajdeczka
      Pages 173-195
  6. Alternative Approaches to Economic Transition

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 271-272

About this book


Stabilization and Privatization: An Economic Evaluation of the Shock Therapy Program is the first comprehensive account of Poland's economic transition since mid-1989. Monetary stabilization, trade liberalization (including convertibility) and privatization of state capital assets are discussed. Sources of economic recession which have accompanied the post-1989 transition are analyzed. The role of demand-side factors (i.e. monetary contraction) is weighed against that of supply-side factors (i.e. credit availability). The prevailing view is that the recession has been supply-type rather than demand-type. Economic performance has been impacted by the lack of a proper institutional framework (e.g. a segmented banking sector, diluted property rights). Arguments in favor of evolutionary reforms and market enhancing measures are presented.
Stabilization and Privatization examines the main components of Poland's shock therapy program implemented in 1990. Post-shock recession, lasting at least through 1992, is examined to establish whether a sharp decline in output was caused by excessive demand contraction or lack of accommodating credit policies. The merits of an evolutionary approach and a more proactive state are debated.


Privatization inflation socialism transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Kazimierz Z. Poznanski
    • 1
  1. 1.The Henry M. Jackson School of International StudiesUniversity of WashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Stabilization and Privatization in Poland
  • Book Subtitle An Economic Evaluation of the Shock Therapy Program
  • Editors K. Poznanski
  • Series Title International Studies in Economics and Econometrics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-9341-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-4978-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-2206-1
  • Series ISSN 0924-5170
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 272
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Economy/Economic Systems
    Economic Growth
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