Research

No. 44, 1997 – The Social Costs of Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe

The aim of the paper is to outline the social costs of transformation in the second sense of the term in an international comparative context. Social costs are here understood as the negative phenomena that accompany the systemic change. Factors which determine or express working and living conditions, health and social status are listed also in the study.

No. 45, 1997 – An Eastern Enlargement of the EU: Burden or Blessing?

If a country is unable or unwilling to create the feasibility conditions for its joining in a club, whose rules – the acquis- were already well known and even accepted by it at the time of their application for full membership, it is probably just a waste of time to wait and prepare for another 15 years.

No. 46, 1997 – Privatisation and Regulation: Restructuring and Conflicts in the Hungarian Electricity Supply Industry

The present analysis sets out to review first experiences and open questions about the privatisation of the electricity sector in Hungary after the transition.

No. 47, 1997 – Towards Sustainable Growth?

The paper targets the specific problem of economic transition, i.e. how the former socialist countries could recover from severe recession of the years after the political change.

No. 48, 1997 – Central Europe on the Way to EU Accession: A State of Art Report

The paper examines the changed narrative of public discussion about the eastward enlargement of the EU. It gives an outline about the post-transition landscape and analyzes the political and economical aspects of the accession of Central Europe.

No. 49, 1997 – Capital Inflows to Hungary in 1995-1996, Composition, Effects and Policy Responses

A steady inflow of private foreign capital and an accompanying improvement on the current account – the two main features of Hungarian balance-of-payments developments since March 1995 – are the main topic of this paper.

No. 50, 1998 – The “New Pension Orthodoxy” and Beyond: Transforming Old Age Security in Central Europe

The paper reviews the former pension reform debate, referring to the Latin American privatization precedents as well as to the World Bank report “Averting the Old Age Crisis” and its critics. It also examines how far the “new pension orthodoxy” has succeeded in replicating its radical reform agenda in CE after the transition.

No. 51-53, 1998 – Short-term Prospects for the International Economy

The study analyses the short-term prospects of the global economy, with a particular emphasize on the impact of the Asian financial crisis.

Studies Prepared on Commission

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No. 68, 2005 – Business services in Hungary

For, a couple of decades ago, services were still considered a factor that slowed the rate of economic growth. In other words, this sector was deemed to have a low productivity which could be increased only at a slow pace; it was considered a sector whose mechanization, standardization – all that increases productivity in the manufacturing industry – could only be realized to a limited extent. Service theories held that the continuous growth in the weight of services in the economy was a consequence of economic development – instead of seeing it as one of the causes, i.e., an important element of economic growth.