Conference: Policy Lessons After 30 Years of Research on Transition

The conference is organised to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Polish parliamentary elections of June 1989. These elections paved the way to political and economic transformation in Poland and initiated the overthrow of the communist rule in the former Soviet block. After thirty years since the breakthrough elections in Poland numerous challenges remain and the role of good evidence-based policies seems to be as relevant as ever.

The FREE Network – the Forum for Research on Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies – and Centre for Economic Analysis (CenEA) in association with Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) will host the conference at the European Solidarity Centre (ESC).

The theme of the conference emphasizes the fundamental link between research and policy and reflects the firm conviction that high quality academic research should, on the one hand, support the process of policy making and, on the other, point out weaknesses and errors of certain policy decisions. Academic researchers have been involved in the process of the socio-economic transformation in our region, while the transition process itself has provided a unique “natural experiment” for academics to identify important socio-economic relationships that inform policy making far beyond the period of transition and its geographical location.

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