Video-recording of a very interesting discussion “Reform support and reform backlash” based on the recently published Palgrave Handbook of Comparative Economics, co-edited by late Prof. Oleh Havrylyshyn is now available online.
- Dr. Elodie Douarin (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL), one the book’s editors, will offer a short introduction to the Handbook.
- Prof. Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po, Paris) will emphasise important lessons derived from a political economy analysis from the post-communist transformation to today, building on extensive evidence from Eastern Europe. He will highlight the impact of vested interests and popular perception of fairness in past policy choices and support for future reforms.
- Dr. Alexandru Cojocaru (World Bank), in a complementary analysis, will discuss the micro-evidence linking perception of inequality, even when at odds with reality, and preference for redistributive policies. In particular, he will argue for distinguishing between inequality of opportunity and outcomes and recognising the importance of social mobility.
- Prof. Theocharis Grigoriadis (Freie Universität Berlin) chaired and moderated this event.
This event was organized by the German-Ukrainian Academic Society (Organizer: Dr. Oksana Huss, University of Bologna), in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin and Kyiv School of Economics.