Ten Years After 'The Road to a Free Economy'

posted 21 Dec 2010, 17:38 by Admin uk
TEN YEARS AFTER ‘THE ROAD TO A FREE ECONOMY’: 
THE AUTHOR’S SELF-EVALUATION  
János Kornai  
Professor of Economics, Harvard University and Collegium Budapest.
Paper for the World Bank ‘Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics –
ABCDE’  
April 18-20, 2000 
Washington D.C.TEN YEARS AFTER ‘THE ROAD TO A FREE ECONOMY’:
THE AUTHOR’S SELF-EVALUATION
János Kornai
Professor of Economics, Harvard University and Collegium Budapest.
Paper for the World Bank ‘Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics –
ABCDE’
April 18-20, 2000
Washington D.C.

Introduction
Ten years have passed since the publication of my book The Road to a Free
Economy: Shifting from a Socialist System—the Example of Hungary (referred to
hereafter as Road.) It was the first book in the international literature to put
forward comprehensive proposals for the post-socialist transition. This paper sets
out to assess the book as the author sees it ten years later.2 Is this not an extremely
self-centered undertaking? An advertisement for an old book nobody is buying
these days? No, there are good ethical and intellectual reasons for re-assessing the
book, and I hope the motivation will become clear in the course of the discussion.
The customary indices of success in the academic world, such as the number of
citations, attempt to measure the impact that a work has had on its author’s
colleagues. Here I could be satisfied. Several hundred references have been made
to the book, including, of course, ones by scholars who disagreed with what I said.
Authors are gratified also if their work turns out to be controversial.
                                                    

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