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Poland, After 25 Years of Transformation, Compared to Other Countries. Analysis of Selected Indicators

Olga Smalej
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Olga Smalej: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland

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Abstract: Year 1989 was undoubtedly a landmark for both Polish people and the rest of Europeans. Poland was the first country in Central Europe which has changed its state system and the national economy from a centrally planned one to free market. The article shows Polish situation in comparison with other European countries, after 25 years of transformation. The method used in this study is a comparative analysis of existing data. Compared indicators include: GDP per capita, indicators of quality of life and well-being of people in selected countries. The article draws attention to the socio-economic aspects of post-socialist transformation. It is not easy to analyze the results of the transformation in Poland due to the high complexity of this phenomenon. To objectify the assessment of changes which occurred in post-socialistic Poland, an attempt was made to compare the country with other European countries. The purpose of this article is to assess the quality of life of Polish citizens after the political transformation in comparison to other European countries.

Keywords: transformation; socio-economic development; progress; prosperity; quality of life; GDP per capita (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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