This year marks the 25 year anniversary of the breakup of the Soviet Union. Countries in the region display wide variety in their progress towards market economies with democratic political systems and strong and independent judicial institutions. There are many reasons brought up in the literature for these differences in outcomes, such as initial conditions, a history of democracy and EU integration. The main point, though, is that transition is still an unfinished business in parts of the region. Furthermore, the lessons learned from the region’s experience, and the subfield of economics that emerged from the transition experience, is also increasingly seen as relevant for understanding global challenges with economic and political transitions, as for instance seen in the Middle East and North Africa region. The consequences of the unfinished transition is particularly pertinent today, with economic, political and demographic challenges also spilling into global geo-political tensions and frictions within the European Union.
The Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics will host an academic conference at the Stockholm School of Economics to bring together researchers with an interest in transition economics, broadly defined, to contribute to a scholarly debate on the current state of transition, transition economics and the implications for the future of the region and its global implications. Among already confirmed speakers are Gerard Roland, Konstantin Sonin, Erik Berglöf, Anders Åslund, Ruben Enikolopov, John Earle, Guido Friebel, and Leonid Polischuk.
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