WMU News

Economist to speak on transition in Central Europe

February 10, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- An economist who helped engineer economic changes in the Czech Republic will present a lecture Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Jan Svejnar, executive director of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Business School, will speak at 3 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. His topic will be "The Relative Merits of the Central European Model of Transition."

The free talk is part of the WMU Department of Economics' 34th annual guest lecture-seminar series titled "When Is Transition Over? Economic Reform in Post-Communist and Communist Countries." The year-long series focuses on the dramatic economic changes sweeping through Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and China.

Svejnar also is the Everett E. Berg Professor of Business Economics and International Business at U-M. In addition, he serves as director of the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the chairperson of the Executive and Supervisory Committee of the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education of Charles University in Prague.

Svejnar was one of the chief architects of the Czech Republic's economic reforms, and he continues to serve as an adviser to Czech President Vaclav Havel. He conceived and launched a highly successful graduate program that trains economists for former Soviet bloc countries, the only American-style Ph.D. program and research center in economics in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Department of Economics co-sponsors the lecture-seminar series with the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo. It is directed by Dr. Annette N. Brown, assistant professor of economics.

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