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journal contribution
posted on 01.04.2013, 00:00 by Allan Meltzer

Stanley Fischer and Alan Gelb (1991) consider the steps that a socialist command economy should take during the transition to a market economy. They recognize that differences in initial conditions, political considerations and the absence of a validated, dynamic model force economists to fall back on judgment and hunch. Nevertheless, they offer suggestions about a very difficult problem -- how to order the reform process.

Their paper is a welcome start on a complex set of issues. To further the discussion, I will criticize one of their main conclusions and offer a modest proposal to structure analysis of the sequencing of reform that is testable, at least in principle


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