Determinanten des Erfolgs im Transformationsprozess der mittel- und osteuropäischen Länder - eine empirische Würdigung der Beiträge von Karl Wohlmuth

In his academic career Prof Dr Karl Wohlmuth is, among others, concerned with questions of the economics of transformation. In early contributions regarding the transformation process of Eastern European countries, he deducts policy recommendations for a success-ful transformation process. The present paper summarizes the analyses of Wohlmuth and empirically evaluates - as an ex post analysis - determinants of success in the transforma-tion process. The central question is whether the determinants as identified by Wohlmuth had a significant influence on the success of transformation. The results are that the factors ‘reform of the private sector’, ‘liberalization of the labor market’, and ‘fiscal consolidation’ have been of special importance. It could therefore be shown that the factors that have been early identified by Wohlmuth played in deed an important role in the transformation proc-ess. Thus, his recommendations are of relevance for the ongoing process of transformation.

01. July 2007

Authors Tobias Knedlik

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