Reforming the Eurozone Towards Growth - Lecture by Leszek Balcerowicz (Warsaw School of Economics)


Professor Leszek Balcerowicz (Warsaw School of Economics) gave a lecture entitled Reforming the Eurozone Towards Growth: Lessons from the Polish Post-Communistic Perspective.

Leszek Balcerowicz is the key architect of the modern Polish economy. Under his guidance as a Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (from 1989 – 1991 and from 1997-2000) the Polish post-communistic economy was rapidly transitioned from a communist economy, based on state ownership and central planning, into a capitalist market economy. In his lecture Balcerowicz discussed the rise and crises of the economy of the Eurozone over the years as well as possible policy strategies for reform.

Date: Tuesday 29 September 2015.
Venue: Groote Industrieele Club, Dam 27, 1012 JS Amsterdam.

More on Leszek Balcerowicz (Currently: Warsaw School of Economics)

Drawing from his rich experience as Deputy Prime Minister and as Finance Minister in the first and second post-communist government from 1989-1991 professor Balcerowicz will speak about stabilizing economies in crises and the possibilities of laying the foundations for future growth, particularly paying attention to possible policy options regarding the current Euro crisis. Leszek Balcerowicz is widely known and honored for the so-called Balcerowicz Plan which during his time as minister of Finance in numerous ways drastically limited the state’s influence over the economy, thus paving the way for Poland’s stable capitalist transition towards successful economic growth.

Among the many influential positions that Balcerowicz held in Poland over the years: he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (from 1989 – 1991 and from 1997-2000), president of the Freedom Union, a free market-oriented party (1995 till 2000), and Governor of the Central Bank of Poland (from 2001-2007). Presently Leszek Balcerowicz is head of the International Comparative Studies Department at the Warsaw School of Business. He is also member of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) and member of the Executive Committee of the International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES), a member of the Group of Trustees (Institute of International Finance), member of the Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty, a board member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a board member of Bruegel, a Brussels-based think tank. Leszek Balcerowicz is a Chairman and a founder of Civil Development Forum Foundation.

Three (among many) publications from his hand are

Puzzles of Economic Growth. Directions in development; public sector governance, ed. by Leszek Balcerowicz and Andrzej Rzonca, World Bank Group, Washington, DC, 2014.

Institutional Systems and Economic Growth, in: Challenges of Globalization. Imbalances and Growth, ed. by Anders Åslund, Marek Dabrowski, Peterson Institute for International Economics, p. 153-199, Washington, DC, 2008.

Socialism, Capitalism, Transformation. Central European University Press, Budapest, London, New York, 1995.

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