Office: 411, Business and Economics Building
Office Hours: MF 10:00-11:30 or by appointment.
NOTE: Most required readings will
from the Gros and Steinherr text or can be downloaded (most in pdf
Daniel Gros and Alfred Steinherr, Economic Transition in Central and Eastern Europe: Planting the Seeds. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Aslund, Anders, "Putin Represents What is Wrong with Russia," Moscow Times, Sept. 29, 2010. (Aslund 1)
Aslund, Anders, "10 Reasons Why the Russian Economy Will Falter," Moscow Times, Sept 3, 2008. (Aslund 2)
Aslund, Anders, "The West Should Use Economics to Rein in Russia," Financial Times, Sept 5, 2008. (Aslund 3)
Aslund, Anders, "10 Reasons Why the Russian Economy Will Recover," Moscow Times, Nov 25, 2010. (Aslund 4)
Bornstein, Morris, "The Comparison of Economic Systems" in Morris Bornstein (ed.) Comparative Economic Systems: Models and Cases, 6th ed. Richard D. Irwin, Inc., 1989.
Neuberger, Egon, "Classifying Economic Systems," in Morris Bornstein (ed.) Comparative Economic Systems: Models and Cases, 6th ed. Richard D. Irwin, Inc., 1989.
Leeson, Peter T. and William N. Trumbull, "Comparing Apples: Normalcy, Russia, and the Remaining Post-Socialist World." Post-Soviet Affairs 22, no. 3 (July-Sept., 2006).
Lucas, Edward, "The Fall and Rise and Fall Again of the Baltic States: A recessionary tale from Europe's new basket cases." Foreign Policy, June 22, 2009. After reading, follow with the Economist Magazines Charlemagne blog of December 29, 2010 on Estonia joining the Euro Zone.
Russia's Economy: Smoke and Mirrors, Economist, March 1-7, 2008.
One exam, a Web-based threaded discussion, a daily journal written in Poland, and a research paper. Note special requirements for International Studies majors enrolled in INTS 488: International Studies Capstone Experiences.
The major objectives of the course are to:
Although the name of the course is the Transitional Economies of Europe, we will study the politics of the transitional economies, their history, and their culture, as well as the economics. Thus, you can expect a highly integrative learning experience in which you will study the transitional economies from several disciplinary perspectives, you will learn the material from the perspectives of both American and Polish scholars, and you will experience the situation for yourself when we take our field trip there in March.
Having discussed the various types of economic systems, we
will undertake a review of the transitional period, from about 1989 to
What I generally expect on this research paper is a case study of transition in a particular European transitional economy. DO NOT CHOOSE POLAND! I want the research paper to expose you to another country. You should begin with a very brief history, mostly of the socialist period and the conditions leading up to the collapse of the socialist system. Describe each element of transition, such as macroeconomic stabilization, price liberalization, privatization, the institutions of a market economy and of democracy, taxation, foreign trade (including currency convertibility), and the construction of a social safety net. Then conclude with an assessment of where the country stands now in its transition and prospects for the future.
Another possibility for the research paper would be a cross-country comparison of one aspect of transition, say, for example, privatization. You may even want to do an especially detailed and rigorous investigation of an aspect of transition in a single country but, if so, it had better be substantial. In any event, you should clear your topic with me well in advance.
For International Studies majors
Attendance and Participation:
After the trip, you should be prepared to lead a discussion on lessons learned during the trip. You should be prepared to highlight those activities that illustrated the concepts you learned in the course and those that you feel may not be consistent with the concepts you learned in the course. I may not call on all of you but, if I do and you are not prepared, you will lose participation points.
You absolutely must attend every event in Poland, including classes and field trips. For every event you miss, you will lose half a letter grade. Falling asleep during a lecture will also cost you half a letter grade. Being late will cost you points, depending on how late you are. I want you to have a good time in the Poland (I sure plan to!) but the academic program comes first.
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|Jan. 13||Polish history (Prof. Blobaum)|
|Jan. 18||Polish history (cont.)|
|Jan. 20||Introduction to comparative economic systems||Bornstein (1989).|
|Jan.25||Comparative economic systems (cont.)|
|Jan. 27||Comparative economic systems (cont.)|
|Feb. 1||Comparative economic systems (cont.)|
|Feb. 3||Introduction to transition
||Gross & Steinherr, Ch 3 (part 1).Gross & Steinherr, Ch 4.|
|Feb. 8||Continuation of the introduction to transition|
|Feb. 10||Continuation of the introduction to transition|
|Feb. 15||Continuation of the introduction to transition|
|Feb. 17||Transition in Russia
||Gross & Steinherr, Ch 7.|
|Feb. 22||Transition in Russia
|Feb. 24||Transition in Central Europe
||Review Gross & Steinherr, Ch 3 and 4.|
|March 1||Czech Republic
|March 10||Polish culture -- literature, cinema, architecture (Prof. DiBartolomeo)
|March 15||Polish culture (cont.)|
|March 31||Lessons learned from trip|
|April 5||Lessons learned from trip|