Articles by Jeffrey Sachs

Topic: Post-Communist Economics

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2011

"Gorbachev and the Struggle for Democracy," Huffington Post, December 26, 2011. [Download as PDF]

2008

Review of "One Minute to Midnight" by Michael Dobbs (Random House, 2008) and "Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History" by Theodore Sorenson (Harper, 2008). Jewcy Magazine. July 2008. [Download as PDF]

2001

"Benchmarking Competitiveness in Transition Economies," with Clifford Zinnes and Yair Eilat, Economics of Transition,  Vol. 9 (2),  pp. 315-53, 2001.
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"The Gains from Privatization in Transition Economies: Is 'Change of Ownership' Enough?," with Clifford Zinnes and Yair Eilat.  IMF Staff Papers, Vol. 48 (Special Issue), pp. 146-170, 2001.
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2000

"Patterns and Determinants of Economic Reform in Transition Economies: 1990-1998," with Clifford Zinnes and Yair Eilat.  HIID CAER II Discussion Paper no. 61.  February 2000.
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1999

"Life After Communism," Wall Street Journal, November 17, 1999
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1997

The Rule of Law and Economic Reform in Russia, edited with Katharina Pistor, The John M. Olin Critical Issues Series, Westview Press, 1997.

"Ukraine's Painful Economic Transition," ACE: Analysis of Current Events, Vol. 9, No. 8, August 1997.
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1996

"Lessons from Taiwan for Post-Communist Transition: Another Look," with Tianlun Jian, Business and the Contemporary World, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1996.
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"How to Catch Up with the Industrial World - Achieving Rapid Growth in Europe's Transition Economies," with Andrew Warner, in Transition, Vol. 7, No. 9-10, September-October 1996, World Bank.
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(This article is based on the authors' paper "Achieving Rapid Growth in the Transition Economies of Central Europe," HIID Discussion Paper no. 544, July 1996)

"Achieving Rapid Growth in the Transition Economies of Central Europe," with Andrew Warner, HIID Development Discussion Paper #544, July 1996.
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"The Transition at Mid Decade," American Economic Review, May 1996. [Download as PDF]

"It Could Have Been So Much Better: Reflections on Russian Economic Reform," The Moscow Times Russia Review, vol. 3, no. 90, May 6, 1996.

"Lessons from Asia," Central European Economic Review, vol 4, no. 3, April 1996.

"China's Transition Experience," with Wing Thye Woo, Transition: The Newsletter About Reforming Economies, Vol. 7, No. 3-4, March-April 1996, World Bank Transition Economics Division. [Download as PDF]

"EU Membership for Central Europe: Commitments, Speed and Conditionality," with Alain de Crombrugghe and Zanny Minton-Beddoes, HIID Development Discussion Paper #523, February 1996.
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1995

"Old Myths About Poland's Reforms Die Hard," Transition: The Newsletter About Reforming Economies, Vol. 6, No. 11-12, November-December 1995, pp. 11-12, World Bank Transition Economics Division. [Download as PDF]

"Why Russia Failed to Stabilize," in Russian Economic Reform at Risk, edited by Anders Aslund, Pinter:London, 1995.
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"Shock Therapy in Poland: Perspectives of Five Years," The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, Vol. 16, University of Utah, 1995.
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"Russia's Struggle with Stabilization: Conceptual Issues and Evidence," in Proceedings of the World Bank Annual Conference in Development Economics 1994, The World Bank, 1995. [Download as PDF]

"Post-Communist Parties and the Politics of Entitlements," Transition, Vol. 6, No. 3, March 1995. [Download as PDF]

"Why did we snub Russia and air Mexico?", The Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 1995.

"Economies in Transition: Some Aspects of Environmental Policy," in Economic Instruments for Sustainable Development. Bedich Moldan (ed.), Workshop Proceeding, January 12-14, 1995, Prhonice, Czech Republic, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic.
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"Reforms in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in Light of the East Asian Experiences," presented at NBER-TCER- CEPR Trilateral Conference on Transition from Socialist Economies, Tokyo, Janauary 6-7, 1995. Published in Journal of the Japanese and International Economies. [Download as PDF]

1994

"Understanding 'Shock Therapy'," Social Market Foundation Occasional Paper No. 7, London, 1994.
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Russia and the Market Economy, (in Russian) BBC/MPM Ltd., London, 1994.

Transition in Eastern Europe, co-edited with K. Froot and O. Blanchard, NBER Conference Volumes, University of Chicago Press, 1994.

  • Volume 1: Country Studies
  • Volume 2: Restructuring

"Increased IMF Intervention Would Strengthen the Republics' Economies," in The Breakup of the Soviet Union: Opposing Viewpoints, David Bender & Bruno Leone, Series Editors, Opposing Viewpoints Series, Greenhaven Press: San Diego, 1994.

"Political Independence and Economic Reform in Slovenia," with Boris Pleskovic, in The Transition in Eastern Europe: Volume 1, (edited by Sachs, Froot, and Blanchard), NBER Conference Volume, NBER and University of Chicago Press, 1994.

"Prospects for Monetary Stabilization in Russia," Economic Transformation in Russia, Anders Aslund (ed.), 1994.

"Understanding the Reform Experiences of China, Eastern Europe and Russia," with Wing Thye Woo, in Chyng Lee and Helmut Reisen (ed.), From Reform to Growth: China and Other Countries in Transition, OECD, Paris, 1994; published in German as "Zum Verstandnis der Reformerfahrungen in China, Osteeuropa und Rubland" in Hansjorg Herr and Kurt Hubner (ed.) Der lange Marsch in die Marktwirtschaft: Entwicklungen und Erfahrungen in der VR China und Osteuropa, Fachhochschule fur Wirtschaft Berlin, 1999.

"The Prospects for Reform in Russia," Canadian Business Review, Autumn 1994. [Download as PDF]

"Russia's Economic Prospects," in Bulletin: The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. XLVIII, No. 3, December 1994.
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"What the IMF should advise Ukraine," Financial Times, July 29, 1994. [Download as PDF]

"Estonia has set good currency example," Financial Times, July 15, 1994. [Download as PDF]

"Russia's Struggle with Stabilization: Conceptual Issues and Evidence," presented at Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics, April 28, 1994, Washington, DC. Published in conference volume.
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"Monetary Institutions and Credible Stabilizations: A Comparison of Experiences in the Baltics," with Ardo Hansson, presented at conference at Univ. of Chicago Law School, April 22-23, 1994.
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"Structural Factors in the Economic Reforms of China, Eastern Europe, and the Former Soviet Union", with Wing Thye Woo, Economic Policy, 18, April 1994.
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"Russia: IMF gives too little, too late," Financial Times, March 31, 1994. [Download as PDF]

"Betrayal," The New Republic, January 31, 1994.

1993

"An Update on Reform in Eastern Europe and Russia," China Economic Review, Volume 4, Number 2. 1993.
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"Western Financial Assistance and Russia's Reforms," in Making Markets, S. Islam and M. Mandelbaum (eds.), New York: Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1993.

"The Russian Mass Privatization Program," with Bozidar Djelic, Privatisation Yearbook 1993, Rodney Lord (ed.), London: Privatisation International, 1993.
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"The Economic Transformation of Eastern Europe: The Case of Poland," in Stabilization and Privatization in Poland, K. Poznanski (ed.), (International Studies in Economics and Econometrics, Vol. 29), Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1993.
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Poland's Jump to the Market Economy, MIT Press, 1993.

"Comments on 'The Chinese and Eastern European Routes to Reform' by Alan Gelb, Gary Jefferson, and Inderjit Singh," in NBER Macroeconomics Annual Conference Volume, NBER 1993.

"Western Financial Assistance and Russia's Reforms," in Making Markets, S. Islam and M. Mandelbaum (eds.), New York: Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1993.

"The Russian Mass Privatization Program," with Bozidar Djelic, Privatization Yearbook 1993, Rodney Lord (ed.), London: Privatization International, 1993.

"The Economic Transformation of Eastern Europe: The Case of Poland," in Stabilization and Privatization in Poland, K. Poznanski (ed.), Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1993.

"Open trade vital to former communists," The Kikkei Weekly, October 18, 1993.

"Moscow's Monetary Meltdown," The New Republic, August 23 & 30, 1993. [Download as PDF]

"La Russie va s'en sortir," interview in Capital (France), No. 22, July 1993.

"Remove roadblock to Russian reforms," with Stanley Fischer, Financial Times, July 6, 1993. [Download as PDF]

"Prospects for Monetary Stabilization in Russia," presented at the Conference on the Economic Transformation in Russia, Stockholm, June 1993. In Economic Transformation in Russia, Anders Aslund (ed.), 1994. Introduction to Paper Tigers & Minotaurs: The Politics of Venezuela's Economic Reforms, by Moises Naim, A Carnegie Endowment Book, 1993.
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"Some Historical Perspectives on Chinese and Russian Economic Reforms," presented at conference in San Francisco on Transition of Centrally Planned Economies in Pacific Asia, published in conference volume.

"Hey, Pundits, What About Yeltsin?" New York Times, April 30, 1993.

"Russian Sachs Appeal," The International Economy, January/February 1993.

"Strengthening Western Support for Russia," in International Economic Insights, Volume IV Number I, January/February 1993.
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1992

"Western Financial Assistance to Support Russia's Reforms," Keizai Seminar Special issue 1992.

"Prospects for Russia's Economic Reforms," with David Lipton, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Issue 2, 1992.
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"Privatization in Russia : Some Lessons from Eastern Europe," paper presented at ASSA meetings in New Orleans, January 1992, American Economic Review, Spring 1992. Also published in Soumitra Sharma (ed.), Development Policy (London: St. Martin's Press, Inc.), 1992.
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"Privatization in Russia : Some Lessons from Eastern Europe," in Soumitra Sharma (ed.), Development Policy (London: St. Martin's Press, Inc.), 1992.
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"The Grand Bargain," in The Post-Soviet Economy: Soviet and Western Perspectives, Anders Aslund (ed.), (London: Punter Publ.), 1992.

"Home Alone 2," The New Republic, December 21, 1992.

"Crowning the Estonian Kroon" with Ardo Hansson, in Transition, Volume 3, Number 9. October 1992.

"Russia on the Brink" with David Lipton, Financial Times, Oct. 16, 1992. [Download as PDF]

Interview in Prism, "The Russian Republic: Issues and Opportunities," Third Quarter 1992.

"Currency Reform in Slovenia: The Tolar Standing Tall" with Boris Pleskovic, in Transition, Volume 3, Number 8, September 1992.

"Russia on the Ropes," Washington Post, Sept. 27, 1992. [Download as PDF]

"Aftershocks: Reflecting on Two Years of 'Shock Therapy' in Poland," interview in Harvard International Review, Spring 1992.

"Privatization in Poland: An Interview with Jeffrey Sachs," interview in Suffolk Transnational Law Journal, Vol. XV, No. 2, Spring 1992.
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"Structural Adjustment and International Trade in Eastern Europe: the Case of Poland," with Andrew Berg, Economic Policy, Vol. 7, No. 14, pp. 117-173, April 1992.
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"Building a Market Economy in Poland," Scientific American, March 1992. [Download as PDF]

"Helping Russia," The Economist, December 21, 1991-January 3, 1992.
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1991

"Soviet Reforms: Cold Turkey," World Link, No. 2/1991.

"Poland's Big Bang After One Year," Skandianaviska Enskilda Banken Quarterly Review, 1-2, 1991.
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"Spontaneous Privatization: A Comment," in Soviet Economy, Vol. 7, No. 4, October-December 1991.

"Poland and Eastern Europe: What is to be Done?" in Foreign Economics Liberalization, Andras Koves and Paul Marer (eds.), Westview Press, 1991.
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"Poland and Eastern Europe: What is to be Done?" in Foreign Economics Liberalization, Andras Koves and Paul Marer (eds.), Westview Press, 1991

"Crossing the Valley of Tears in East European Reform," Challenge, September October 1991. [Download as PDF]

"Economic Assistance to the Soviet Union at the G-7 Summit," Nihon Keizai, July 1991.

"Poland's Big Bang: A First Report Card," The International Economy, January/February 1991.

"Sachs on Poland," The Economist, January 19, 1991. [Download paper as PDF]

1990

"Privatization in Eastern Europe: The Case of Poland," with David Lipton and Lawrence H. Summers, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 1990:2, and in Reforming Central and Eastern European Economies, V. Corbo, F. Coricelli, and J. Bossak (eds.), A World Bank Symposium. 1991.
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"Creating a Market Economy in Eastern Europe: The Case of Poland," with David Lipton, Stanley Fischer and Janos Kornai, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Issue 1, 1990.
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"Poland's Economic Reform," with David Lipton, Foreign Affairs, Vol. 69, No. 3. Summer 1990.
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"Jeffrey Sachs: My Plan for Poland," in The International Economy, December 1989/January 1990, Volune III, Number 6.

"Eastern Europe's Economies - What is to be done?" in The Economist, January 13, 1990.
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0000

"Interview: 'Charting Poland's Economic Rebirth'," in Challenge, January February 1990.

"Accelerating Privatization in Eastern Europe: The Case of Poland," WIDER Working Paper 92, September 1991. Also published in Proceedings of the World Bank Annual Conference in Development Economics 1991. [Download as PDF]

"Achieving Monetary Stabilization in Russia in 1993," mimeo.

"Living Standards in Poland and the Economic Reforms," mimeo.