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Transition for all: equal opportunities in an unequal world

How inclusive is growth in transition countries? Post-communist countries are becoming more prosperous but many people are being left behind, risking setbacks in political and economic development.

Date: December 7, 2016, 12:30 pm Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

VIDEO & AUDIO RECORDINGS


Post-communist societies have achieved remarkable successes, finally closing the happiness gap with people on similar incomes in non-transition countries. However, failure to deliver a fair distribution of the fruits of progress may lead to setbacks in political and economic development.

This event featured a presentation of the EBRD Transition Report 2016-17. The report tracks the successes of post-communist countries but also reveals that not everyone has shared in this growing economic prosperity.

It warns that “Countries where the majority of people perceived reforms to be designed for somebody else’s gain saw the reversal of both political and economic transition.” These perceptions have led to the emergence of anti-reform populists and crony capitalism.

EVENT Materials

EBRD TRansition Report 2016-17: Transition for all: Equal opportunities in an unequal world

Sergei Guriev – Presentation

Zsolt Darvas – Presentation

EBRD Podcast: Pocket Economics: Inequality and how to fight it

Schedule

Dec 07, 2016

12.30-13.00

Check-in and lunch

13.00-13.20

Presentation of EBRD Transition Report

Sergei Guriev, Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

13.20-13.50

Panel discussion

Chair: Jonathan Charles, Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Zsolt Darvas, Senior Fellow

Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society European Policy Institute

Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG NEAR

13.50-14.30

Q&A

14.30

End

Speakers

Heather Grabbe

Director, Open Society European Policy Institute

Zsolt Darvas

Senior Fellow

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG NEAR

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Location & Contact

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

Matilda Sevon

matilda.sevon@bruegel.org

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