Kresge Library

2004 Alice Conner Gorlin Memorial Lecture
Oakland University's
School of Business Administration
"Transition Economies: Performances and Challenges"
Professor Jan Svejnar
University of Michigan


Please join Oakland University in welcoming Professor Jan Svejnar (U. of Michigan) to campus on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 3:00 pm in 242 Elliott Hall (campus map).

In his paper on transition economics, Professor Svejnar provides an overall assessment of the strategies and outcomes of the first dozen years of the transition, as well as an outline of the principal challenges faced by these economies. In presenting data and examples, the author focuses primarily on comparing the experience of the five central European countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia - with the experience of Russia.

Professor Svejnar received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1979. Since 1996 he has been at the University of Michigan, serving as the Executive Director of the William Davidson Institute, the Everett E. Berg Professor at the Business School and Professor in the Economics Department. He is the Chairman of the Executive and Supervisory Committee of CERGE-EI in Prague and also serves as Associate Editor of The Economics of Transition. Between 1995 and 2002, he served as co-director of the Transition Economics Programme at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London.

His research focuses on the functioning of labor markets, the effect of government policy on firms’ performance, and the behavior of multinational corporations, joint ventures and local firms in transition and emerging market economies. His publications have appeared in many journals, including Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, The Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Review, European Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Econometrica.

This event is open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact Professor Addington Coppin, chair, Department of Economics (248-370-3541).

Consult Professor Svejnar's web page at the William Davidson Institute for links to selected working papers. In addition, follow the links below to access Professor Svejnar's journal articles and book chapters that are owned by Kresge Library.

Online articles & book chapters by Dr. Svejnar (available to OU students, faculty and staff)

Objectives and Constraints of Entrepreneurs: Evidence from Small and Medium Size Enterprises in Russia and Bulgaria (with Francesca Pissarides & Miroslav Singer), Journal of Comparative Economics v31, n3 (September 2003): 503-31.
Investment, Credit Rationing, and the Soft Budget Constraint: Evidence from Czech Panel Data (with Lubomir Lizal), Review of Economics and Statistics v84, n2 (May 2002): 353-70.
Enterprise Breakups and Performance during the Transition from Plan to Marke  (with Lubomir Lizal & Miroslav Singer), Review of Economics and Statistics v83, n1 (February 2001): 92-99.
Economics Ph.D. Education in Central and Eastern Europe, Comparative Economic Studies v42, n2 (Summer 2000): 37-50.
Unemployment and the Social Safety Net during Transitions to a Market Economy: Evidence from the Czech and Slovak Republics (with John C. Ham & Katherine Terrell), American Economic Review v88, n5 (December 1998): 1117-42.
Enterprises and Workers in the Transition: Econometric Evidence, American Economic Review v86, n2 (May 1996): 123-27.
The Emergence of Unemployment in the Czech and Slovak Republics (with John Ham & Katherine Terrell), Comparative Economic Studies v35, n4 (Winter 1993): 121-34.
Wage Determination in Labor-Managed Firms under Market-Oriented Reforms: Estimates of Static and Dynamic Models (with Saul Estrin), Journal of Comparative Economics v17, n3 (September 1993): 687-700.
Czechoslovakia: Recent Economic Developments and Prospects (with Karel Dyba), American Economic Review v81, n2 (May 1991): 185-90.
Workers' Participation in Management vs. Social Ownership and Government Policies: Yugoslav Lessons for Transforming Socialist Economies (with Janez Prasnikar), Comparative Economic Studies v33, n4 (Winter 1991): 27-45.
"The Transition Is Not Over, but Note the Merits of the Central European Model" in When is transition over?, Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1999: 77-98.
Microeconomic Issues in the Transition to a Market Economy, Journal of Economic Perspectives v5, n4 (Fall 1991): 123-38.
Optimal Membership, Employment, and Income Distribution in Unionized and Labor-Managed Firms (with Frans Spinnewyn), Journal of Labor Economics v8, n3 (July 1990): 317-40.
Market Imperfections, Labor Management, and Earnings Differentials in a Developing Country: Theory and Evidence from Yugoslavia (with Saul Estrin & Robert E. Moore), Quarterly Journal of Economics v103, n3 (August 1988): 465-78.
Bargaining Power, Fear of Disagreement, and Wage Settlements: Theory and Evidence from U.S. Industry,
Econometrica v54, n5 (September 1986): 1055-78.
Participation, Profit Sharing, Worker Ownership and Efficiency in Italian Producer Cooperative (with Derek c. Jones), Economica v52, n208 (November 1985): 449-65.
The Economics of Joint Ventures in Less Developed Countries (with Stephen C. Smith), Quarterly Journal of Economics v99, n1 (February 1984): 149-67.
Relative Wage Effects of Unions, Dictatorship and Codetermination: Econometric Evidence from Germany,
Review of Economics and Statistics v63, n2 (May 1981): 188-97.
On the Empirical Testing of the Nash-Zeuthen Bargaining Solution, Industrial and Labor Relations Review v33, n4 (July 1980): 536-42.


Other book chapters and articles by Dr. Svejnar available in Kresge Library (in print)
"Transition Economies: Performance and Challenges," Journal of Economic Perspectives v16, n1 (Winter 2002): 3-28.
"Stabilization and Transition in Czechoslovakia" (with Karel Dyba), The transition in Eastern Europe, Volume 1. Country studies. Chicago & London: U. of Chicago Press, 1994: 93-118.
"The Performance Effects of Employee Ownership Plans" (with Michael A. Conte), in Paying for productivity: A look at the evidence (1990), Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1990: 143-72.
"The Productivity Effects of Worker Participation: Producer Cooperatives in Western Economies" (with Derek C. Jones & Saul Estrin), Journal of Comparative Economics v11, n1 (March 1987): 40-61.
"On the Theory of a Participatory Firm," Journal of Economic Theory v27, n2 (August 1982): 313-30.
"The Economics of Joint Ventures in Centrally Planned and Labor-Managed Economies" (with Stephen C. Smith), Journal of Comparative Economics v6, n2 (June 1982): 148-72.

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