Banking in Transition

East Germany after Unification

  • Gregg S. Robins

Part of the Studies in Economic Transition book series (SET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
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    Pages 90-134
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 192-287

About this book


The book asks whether transplanting banks can solve the problems involved in creating a well-functioning market economy from outside, looking especially at the virtually complete takeover of East German banks by their Western counterparts after unification. Drawing on a wide range of English and German sources, and fieldwork interviews across Germany, it argues that there are no quick fix solutions to transition to a market. Implications are discussed for East Germany and for other previously centrally planned economies, and the global implications of foreign ownership in banking are considered.


bank banking centrally planned economy development economy Germany transition

Authors and affiliations

  • Gregg S. Robins
    • 1
  1. 1.International Personal Banking CitibankSwitzerland

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