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Introduction to the Palgrave Handbook of Comparative Economics

Elodie Douarin () and Oleh Havrylyshyn ()
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Oleh Havrylyshyn: Carleton University

Chapter 1 in The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative Economics, 2021, pp 1-15 from Springer

Abstract: Abstract This chapter introduces the Handbook of Comparative Economics by motivating the choice of chapters collected in this edited volume and by articulating the links that exist between seemingly diverse contributions. We make explicit the historical origin of the field, namely Comparative Economic Systems, and the extent to which it matters to what comparative economics is today, before discussing the turning point that was the fall of the Berlin Wall. The subsequent move from central planning to market economies in Eastern Europe, and the importance of institutions, and institutional analysis for the field are explored, and how these led to the new approaches that came next. The chapter starts with a reflection on comparative economics, but leaves the conclusions open—to be revisited in Chap. 36 .

Keywords: Comparative economics; Comparative economic systems; Transition; Institutions; Central planning; Broader goals (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-50888-3_1

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