Reform support and reform backlash: Discussion of the Palgrave Handbook of Comparative Economics, with a focus on the Political Economy of reforms

6/15/2021 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM ISST

In memory of Prof. Oleh Havrylyshyn
Time: Tuesday, 15.06.2021, 18:00-19:30 EEST (17:00-18:30 CET / 16:00-17:30 GMT)
Language: English
While it is well known that needed reforms can be difficult to implement, it is also true that even relatively successful reforms can generate a backlash. In this event and building on two comprehensive chapters recently published in the Palgrave Handbook of Comparative Economics, we will discuss some of the factors that can impact policy preferences and support for reforms in the wider population.

Building on extensive evidence from Eastern Europe, Prof. Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po, Paris) will emphasise important lessons derived from a political economy analysis from the post-communist transformation to today. He will highlight the impact of vested interests and popular perception of fairness in past policy choices and support for future reforms.

In a complementary analysis, Dr. Alexandru Cojocaru (World Bank) will discuss the micro-evidence linking perception of inequality, even when at odd 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.

These presentations will be prefaced by a short introduction to the Handbook, by Dr. Elodie Douarin (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL), one the book’s editors, and the event will be chaired by Prof. Theocharis Grigoriadis (Free University, Berlin).

This event is organized by the German-Ukrainian Academic Society in cooperation with the Free University of Berlin and Kyiv School of Economics.

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