News: year 2006


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The new TIGER Scientific Advisory Board has been nominated for the period of 2006-10. The Board includes distinguished scholars from all over the world, including Japan, China, India, Israel, Russia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Chile, USA, Hungary, Italy, and Poland. As during the previous term, in 2001-2005, the Chairman of the Board is the Nobel Prize winner in Economics (1999), Professor Robert A. Mundell from Columbia University, New York.

December 2006
The Japanese scientific periodical "Hikaku Keizai Taisei Kenkyu" ("Comparative Economic Studies"), Vol. 13, December 2006, pp. 59-74, has published the paper by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko entitled "Posuto-Kyosansyugi no Daihenkaku to Hukakujitsu na Sekai no Shorai" ("The Great Post-Communist Change and Uncertain Future of the World"). The study deals with the substance and dynamics of post-communist transformation and the threats the world economy faces in the context of unsustainable development, burdened by the structural imbalances and the weaknesses of institutional (dis)order.
Paper (in Japanese)


December 2006
Academic Publishing House DIALOG has published book by Andrzej Bolesta titled "China in Period of Post-Socialist Transition". The book presents results of the research conducted by Andrzej Bolesta during his work as a researcher at TIGER in years 2002-2006.

December 2006
The Leon Kozminski Business School publishing house –  has published a book by Dr. Małgorzata Runiewicz on "International Competitiveness of Baltic States". The monograph presents the original results of the author's investigation into the factors of Baltic States' international competitiveness. The book reveals the mistery of economic success of "Baltic tigers", perceiving it mainly in rapid business expansion, favorable investment climate and ongoing technological progress.
Table of contents (in Polish)

December 21, 2006
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko paper entitled, "Equity Issues in Policymaking in Transition Economies" was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for "Sustainable Development". As of 12/12/2006 the paper has been downloaded 150 times. You may view the abstract and download statistics at the URL: To view the any of the Top Ten lists, click the TOP button on: To view the Author's SSRN Page, on which there are the papers read so far by about 3.5 thousand readers, go to

December 19, 2006, 12:00 a.m.
Students' Scientific Club "Little Tigers" which is cooperating with TIGER Research Centre is inviting to a meeting with Wojciech Olejniczak. Since 29th of May 2004 our guest is a leader of the Democratic Left Alliance. The meeting will take place on the 19th of December 2004 at 12 am. in Leon Kozminski's auditorium.
We are kindly inviting!
Students' Scientific Club "Little Tigers"

December 18-19, 2006
Profesor Grzegorz W. Kolodko pays a short, working visit to Washington, DC. He carries out a series of consultations on the issues of structural reforms and sustainable development in the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The TIGER Director had worked in the both organization as an expert and Visiting Scholar at the beginning and end of the last decade, in 1990 and 1991 and again in 1998-2000.

December 13, 2006, 4:00 p.m., room B5
Is the culture just another commodity? How it is "produced" and "traded"? Yet maybe it is something different, something being just created and absorbed? What are the limits for the commercialization of culture and in what is a reasonable way of culture management? These, inter alia, are the questions to be answered by Ms. Magdalena Hen from Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The title of her presentation is "The Culture Industries: the Game of Economics and Politics".

December 13, 2006, 12:00 a.m.
On the 13th of December 2006 at 12 am. in Leon Kozminski's auditorium there were a meeting with Mrs. Henryka Bochniarz - Economics (graduated at Warsaw School of Economics). Since 1999 our guest is a President of Polish Private Employers' Confederation LEWIATAN. Henryka Bochniarz was also a candidate in presidential elections 2005 and was representing the Democratic Party.
The meeting was arranged by Little Tigers Students' Scientific Club.

December 8, 2006
With the participation of the Rector of Kozminski Business School (WSPiZ), Professor Andrzej K. Kozminski, and the TIGER Director, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko TIGER hosts the conference on "Factors of International Competitiveness of Regions. Key Role of ICT". The Conference aims to present the research results of the national experts on the role of ICT in fostering socio-economic development of regions as well as provide a platform for exchanging of experience, addressing problems and offering possible policy implications in regard to better use of ICT for increasing regional competitiveness.
Conference program (in Polish)

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December 5, 2006, 11:30 a.m.
The crucial directions of structural reforms, especially the determinants and methods of privatization, were the main topics of the talks Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko had conducted with the leaders of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines in Tehran. The hosts were interested in the Polish experiences on the field of property rights change and commercialization of the state sector. Professor Kolodko has shared his opinions and experience gained during his tenure in the government of Poland, when he coordinated the economic policy during the years 1994-97 and 2002-03. A special attention was been given to the issue of institutional aspects of privatization and the need of larger engagement of international capital in the process of privatization in Iran.

With the President of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines, A.N.S. Khamoushi

December 4, 2006
While visiting Tehran, the capital of Iran, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has conducted the talks and consultations with the directors and fellows of the Center for Strategic Research. During the meeting the main attention of the Iranian hosts has been given to the issues of structural reforms and economic liberalization, and especially the Poland's experience on these fields The Director of TIGER and Deputy Director for Research of the C.S.R. - Dr. M.B. Nobakht - have signed a Memorandum of Understanding drawing the general framework for the future research cooperation.

Prof. G.W. Kołodko and Dr. M.B. Nobakht. At the background ambassador of Poland, H.E. Witold Śmidowski

December 4, 2006
The TIGER's Director had payed a working visit to Iran. "Economic Reforms, Privatization and Minimizing the Government" - this is a title of lecture and seminar presented in Tehran by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko at the "round table" debate, organized by the Expedience Council for the top professionals and policymakers form economic and financial circles. Professor Kolodko had met also for the consultations on antiinflation policy with the Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran - Dr. Akbarem Komijani.

November 2006
The next paper was published in a Tiger Working Paper Series. The author - László Csaba - had presented problems of Central East European countries transformation in a paper entitled "Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe: General Trends and National Patterns".

November 25, 2006, 2:00 p. m.
During the annual ceremony of graduation at our Academy Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presents an occasional lecture on the determinants of successful strategies in business and policy-making as well as in ones life.
The media relation about the lecture (in Polish)

November 24, 2006
Dr. Malgorzata Runiewicz - Assistant Professor adjunct at TIGER Institute, will participate and chair the session at The Annual Conference 2006 of Regional Studies Association in London on "Global Regions?". Dr Runiewicz will present a paper entitled: "EU-CIS inter-regional trade and investments dynamics: barriers and perspectives for future developments". Program and detailes of the Conference:

November 23-24, 2006
Professor Grzegorz W. Kołodko in Bucharest. The TIGER Director participates as a guest speaker in a conference on "Regional Competitiveness in the context of the Lisbon Agenda" organized by the Group of Applied Economics (GEA). The event is a part of the project "Romania - Building Regional Assessment Capacity in Line with the Lisbon Agenda". The project aims at providing a matrix for regional competitiveness, which will be later implemented through a series of regional workshops and pilot projects, with the final goal of supporting progress in regional structural indicators, improving regional competitiveness position and increasing regional absorption capacity for structural funds.
Conference Programme

November 15, 2006, 4:00 p.m., room B5
Dr. Jerzy Pietrewicz, CEO & Chairman of the Board of the BOS Bank (the Bank for Natural Environment Protection), within the framework of TIGER monthly seminars presents a lecture and leads a discussion on "Natural Environment Protection in Poland during Transformation and Globalization". We cordially invite to participate in this event everybody, the students and faculty alike, who is interested in the issues of sustainable development.
CV (in Polish)

November 10, 2006, 9:00 a.m.
Unidea-UniCredit Foundation, a non profit foundation established by UniCredit Group in 2003, in Milan, was organizing, in collaboration with OECD LEED, EUROREG/University of Warsaw and Regional Studies Association - Polish section, the Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development (CoDe) of the University of Trento, an International Seminar on "Regional Diversity and Local Development in Central and Eastern Europe". In the Round Table discussion participated Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, who spoke on "Globalization, National Development Policies and Regional Development".
The conference agenda

November 6, 2006
The only English language Lao daily "Vientiane Times" (Issue 217, p. 3) has published an interview with Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko. The interview is entitled "Polish economist explains market economy".

November 6, 2006, 9:00 a.m.
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko paid a working visit to Laos.

At the National University of Laos in Vientiane he has presented a lecture on "Globalization, the European Union Integration and East European Economic Development".

Professon Grzegorz W. Kołodko and students from National University of Laos

November 2-5, 2006
Dr Jacek Tomkiewicz - Assistant Professor at TIGER – took part in the conference on "Developing Economies; Multiple Trajectories, Multiple Developments". Conference was organized in Stambul by European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy.
Visit in Stambul was also connected with work within the international research project on "Inequality: mechanisms, effects, policies". TIGER is part of research consortium of leading European research centers.

October 2006
The American scientific journal "International Management Review" in the latest issue (Vol. 2, No. 3, p. 5-19) published the paper by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko entitled "Globalization - Culture - Development".

October 2006
The next paper was published in a Tiger Working Paper Series. The author - Oleh Havrylyshyn - had analized the growth factors in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. The results are presented in a paper entitled. "Growth and Institutions in the Transition. How do Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine Compare to Others".

October 31, 2006
"Rossiyjskaja Gazyeta", No. 41 (578), p. 5, has published an interview with Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko on "Diengi Stabfonda możno tratit, no tolko na powyszenije konkurentosposobnosti" ("The Money from Stabilization Fund Can Be Spend, But Only On the Improvement of Competitiveness").
Interview (in Russian)

October 28-29, 2006
The China Institute for Reform and Development (CIRD) in Haikou, Hainan Province, a non governmental and independent economic research institute, organized the International Symposium on "Public Service System in China and Relationship between the Central Government and Local Governments". Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko had been invited, as an international expert, to present a keynote speech on "Institutions, Policies and Development".
Paper (in Chinese)

Professor Grzegorz W. Kołodko at Haikou Symposium

October 23–27, 2006
Dr. Malgorzata Runiewicz participated and moderated one of the session at 5th Northern European Conference on UN Veteran Support: "Collaboration with young generation", which took place at Military Rest Centre, Rynia n/Warsaw.

October 25, 2006, 4:00 p.m., room B5
At the subsequent TIGER seminar, which inaugurates our cycle in the new academic year, we hosted the Director of the State Publishing Institute, Mr. Rafal Skapski, which spoke on "Business and Culture. Managing the Publishing Enterprise PIW".
CV (in Polish)
Abstract (in Polish)

October 19, 2006, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The European Regional and Local Studies Center and the UNESCO Chair of Sustainable Development of Warsaw University  invited for the series of seminars to be presented in the 2006/07 academic year. At the inaugural seminar Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko gave a lecture on "From shock without therapy to therapy without shocks. The implications for Poland's future". The lecture is reported in the article entitled "Szybki wzrost - wielki wysiłek" ("Fast Growth – Great Effort"), written by Ryszard Ginalski and published in October issue of monthly "Sprawy Nauki" ("The Problems of Science"), Nr. 3 (118), p. 21.

October 18, 2006, 3:40 p.m., room B 5
The 'Little Tigers' Students Science Club hosted the international students from Kozminski Business School and invited them to join the Club's 'global little TIGERS' section. During the meeting the TIGER Director, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko told on his reflections about teaching and learning the business management and entrepreneurship at the era of global fierce competition.

October 16, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
One more time Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko payed a visit to the Peking University and at the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) presented a lecture on "Economics of Post-Socialist Transformations. The European and Asian Perspectives".

October 15, 2006
Getting ready for Olympic Games Beijing-2008? Well, who knows?... During the break between a couple of lectures for the Chinese audience, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has run another, the third this year, marathon. To make it to the finish line of the ANA International Beijing Marathon 2006 has taken 4 hours 9 minutes 16 seconds. Of over 6 thousand runners which had taken a part in the event, about 5,500 had accomplished the competition. Professor Kolodko finished the race at the 1,620th position.

October 13, 2006, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
The TIGER Director, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, again visited the Chinese Economists 50 Forum in Beijing. This time with a lecture and seminar on "The Great Transition. Lessons from the East European Countries". The event took place in the State Information Center.

With the chairman of the seminar Mr. Shanda Xu, the Deputy Director General
of State Administration of Taxation of China

October 10, 2006
Three members of the TIGER Institute team - Dr. Malgorzata Runiewicz, Dr. Marcin Piatkowski, Dr. Jacek Tomkiewicz have received the Rector's Awards for Scientific Achievements in the academic year 2005-2006.

October 10, 2006
Almost a year after accomplishing his Ph.D. in economics, on the occasion of inauguration of the new academic year 2006/07, Dr. Jacek Tomkiewicz has been awarded with his diploma. Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has been the supervisor of dissertation on "The Impact of Fiscal Policy on Capital Formation in Corporations in Postsocialist Economies". Recently, based on this work, the book on "The Fiscal Policy and Investment in Postsocialiast Economy" by J. Tomkiewicz has been published.

October 10, 2006, 12:00 p.m.
The official inauguration of the 2006/2007 academic year took place at the Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management in Warsaw.

October 9, 2006, 3:50 p.m., room D 200
The new 2006/07 academic year has just started! On this occasion the 'Little Tigers' Students Science Club organized a special meeting to which especially the students of first semester - the freshmen - were invited. During the meeting the agenda of the Club was be discussed and Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presented a lecture on "What a Businessman Should Know about Globalization and Postsocialist Transformation".

September 2006
"Inflation Targeting, Between Rhetoric and Reality. The Case of Transition Economies" by Daniel Daianu and Laurian Lungu was published as a 96th paper in TIGER Working Paper Series.

July-September 2006
The new Russian scientific periodical "Ekonomicheskaya Politika" ("Economic Policy"), No. 2, 2006, p. 56-72, has published a research paper by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, entitled "Wielikaya postkomunisticheskaya transformaciya i nieopredieliennoye budushche mira". ("The Great Post-Communist Change and Uncertain Future of the World").
Paper (in Russian)

September 25-27, 2006
As a year ago, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko was visiting the  Moscow Academy of Economics and Law (MAEL) with a series of 8 hours of lectures on the issues related to the systemic change and institutional aspects of development in the world economy. In the lecture took part also the students from other Moscow universities collaborating with MAEL. Director of TIGER is an Honorary Professor of the Academy.

September 26, 2006, 3:00 p.m.
At the initiative of the Moscow Academy of Economics and Law the new book by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has just been published. The monograph, entitled "Vielikiy postsocyalisticheskiy povorot" ("The Great Postsocialist Change"), is already Professor Kolodko's fifth book in Russian. On this occasion a special scientific session has been organized with the participation of the students and faculty of the Academy as well as invited guests - the researchers, diplomats, policymakers and media.

With a group of gradute students and the Rector of MAEL - Professor Vladimir P. Buyanov (on the right)

September 1-23, 2006
At the invitation of the Russian Academy of Sciences Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko again payed a visit to Russia. During the trip the TIGER Director presented at several research centers a series of lectures on the issues of globalization, systemic transformation, economic equilibrium, socio-economic development and the nature of economic crises. While visiting Petropavlosk-Kamchatskiy, Yakutsk and Krasnoyarsk - as well as Moscow - Professor Kolodko involved also in research discussions and consultations on such topics as economic stagnation, growth and development in post-socialist countries. The previous time - also within the framework of cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences - he had visited Syberia and Far East with a series of lectures and seminars in September 2003, calling at Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Birobidzhan, and Vladivostok.


September 21, 2006, 9:00 a.m.
The Krasnoyarsk State Technical University was hosting the conference, organized jointly with the Russian Academy of Sciences, on the topic "Intelektualnye resursy: ocenka i stimulirowaniye razvitiya" ("The Intellectual Resources: Evaluation and Development"). At the plenary session of the conference Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko had presented a lecture entitled "Institucionalnye usloviya innovacionnogo rosta rosiyskoy ekonomike" ("The Institutional Determinants of Innovation-based Development of Russian Economy").

September 20, 2006, 4:30 p.m.
The Krasnoyarsk Scientific Center of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences has organized a seminar for the scholars from the region's institutes and research centers. At the seminar the TIGER Director, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has presented a lecture (in Russian) on "The Problems and Specific Features of the European Postsocialist Countries Transition to Market Economy".

With the Director of Krasnoyarsk Scientific Center, the member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Vasily F. Shabanov.

September 20, 2006, 10:40 a.m.
"Opyt polskich ekonomiczeskich reform. Uroki dla Rosiji" ("The Experience from Polish Reforms. Lessons for Russia") - under such title Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has delivered a guest lecture at the Department of Economics at the Krasnoyarsk State University.

September 14, 2006
While paying a working visit to Yakutsk, the TIGER Director, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko had met with Mrs. Vera I. Sidorova, Vice-minister of Foreign Relations of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). The subject of the discussion were the external relations of the Sakha Republic, mainly at the fields of economy, science and culture, including the contacts and cooperation with Poland. Professor Kolodko has visited also the Institute of Regional Economic Development of the Sakha Republic Academy of Sciences, where he presented a seminar on regional development within the context of globalization and hold consultations with the Institute Director, the Member of Academy of Sciences, Professor Egor G. Egorev.

September 13, 2006
The Russian daily "Vesti" ("News"), No. 37, p. 1, has published an interview with Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko. The interview, entitled "Nye nadeytes tolko na neftodolary" ("Don't count just on the petrodollars"), deals with the issues of transition to a market economy and development in postsocialist countries, as well as with the prospects of further economic expansion in Russia.
Interview (in Russian)

September 12, 2006, 14:00
"Vielikiy postkomunisticheskiy povorot. Uroki iz polskogo opyta" ("The Great Post-Communist Change. Lessons from Polish Experience") – this is the title Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko had presented to the faculty and students at the Vitus Bering Kamchatka State University  at Petropavlosk-Kamchatskiy.

September 12, 2006
The magazine "Wiecznie Młodzi" ("Forever Young") (No.4/2006) publishes a short interview with Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko. The interview has taken place at the finish line of the Midsummer Night Marathon in Gdynia.
Interview (in Polish)

September 6-10, 2006
Dr. Marcin Piatkowski, Research Director, took part in the XVI Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdroj, the so-called "Eastern European Davos". Dr. Piatkowski chaired a panel on "Growth in Old and New Europe: What needs to be done?", which featured, inter alia, Dr. Stanisław Kluza, Poland's Minister of Finance, Prof. Jean Pisani-Ferry, Director of Bruegel in Brussels, Prof. Paolo Garonna, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva and regional representatives of IMF and World Bank. Dr. Piatkowski also took part in the panel on "Public Support for Commercial Innovation" organized by the World Bank. More information about the Forum on

September 6-9, 2006
Dr. Małgorzata Runiewicz - Assistant Professor at TIGER - took part in the XVI Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdroj, organized by Eastern Institute. The motto of this year Forum was: "European Challenges: The Question of Europe's Identity". Dr. Runiewicz took part in the session entitled: "Future Outlook on the Information Society in New European Member States, Acceding and Candidate Countries", which was led by IJRC-IPTS in Seville.

(on the photo with Mr. Algirdas Brazauskas, Prime Minister of Lithuania
 and President in 1993-98)

July 2006
July issue (No. 4/2006) of the "Raport Finansity" ("The Financier Report") publishes (p. 1 and 5) a comment by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko on the topic "Will the export profitability hold on?" ("Czy eksport będzie opłacalny?"). "Raport Finansisty" is published periodically as a bulletin addressed to the CEO, members of the boards and chief accountants of the firms.
Comment (in Polish)

July 2006
The paper on "Poland's Competitive Position in the Enlarged EU", written by Professor Leon Podkaminer from the Vienna Institute for Comparative Economic Studies, has been published in our TIGER Working Paper Series (No. 95).

July 29, 2006
At the end of his working visit to Ethiopia, Director of TIGER, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko and Mr. Newai Gebre-ab, Director of Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), and the Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining further cooperation between both research institutes. 

July 16, 2006
The jubilee of 10-years since Poland's accession to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, is such a special occasion that Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has accepted the invitation to give an interview to the weekly PRZEGLAD. The interview, published in no. 28/2006 of the weekly, is entitled "Czy moglibyśmy być bogatsi" ("Could We Be Better-off?").
Interview (in Polish)

July 15, 2006
In the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the TIGER Director, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, has met with the Minister of Finance and Economic Development of the Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Ahmed Sufian. The key issues being discussed during the conversation were the meaning of financial policy for balanced and equitable economic development, the feedback between the restructuring of the financial sector and privatization, and the perspectives and implications of full currency convergence in the European Union.

July 14, 2006
While in Addis Ababa, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has met with Minister of Industry and Trade of Ethiopia, Mr. Girma Birru. The subject of discussion were the determinants of sustainable economic development, especially the economic security and coordination of industrial and trade policies in developing countries in the globalization context. Minister Birru has been interested, inter alia, in the issues of Polish experience with privatization and trade liberalization as well as the sources of fast economic growth during the Director of TIGER tenure as Deputy Premier and Finance Minister (1994-97 and 2002-03).

July 14, 2006
During his working visit to Addis Ababa, hosting the headquarter of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has met with Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, the ECA Executive Secretary. The subject of discussion were the perspectives of further regional integration and sustained fast economic development in Africa, and - in such a context - particularly the significance of institutional strengthening of the market economy. There has been a consensus that the economic expansion of the African countries must rely mainly on the continent's own resources. However, the need for the increase of external aid has been stressed too, especially conditional on further improvement of economic policies and governance.  

July 14, 2006, 3:00 p.m. (9:00 Ethiopian Time)
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presented a public lecture for the representatives of government and business circles. The topic of the lecture was: "The Polish Miracle. Lessons for Emerging Markets". The venue has taken place in the Addis Ababa SHERATON.

July 13, 2006, 2:00 p.m. (8:00 Ethiopian time)
While in Ethiopia, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, was visiting the The Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). For the participants drawn from universities and research institutions of Addis Ababa, the TIGER Director has presented a lecture on "Globalization and Catching-up in Emerging Markets".

July 12-31, 2006
The Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) is a semi-autonomous government research organization located in Addis Ababa. EDRI works in partnership with international organizations, educational institutions and the private sector. The institute research activities mainly focus on:

a. Macroeconomics,
b. Agriculture and Rural Development,
c. Industrial Growth,
d. International Economics, and
e. Human Resources.

Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko during his visit in Ethiopia conducted a series of consultations at EDRI and other science units and met with representatives of government, business circles and with media.

July 11, 2006
Time is running fast! It is exactly 10 years today since Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko - then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Poland - has signed on the behalf of Polish Government a historical treaty on Poland's accession to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD. It has been a confirmation of the progress our country had accomplished regarding transition to market economy and, on the same occasion, the greatest success of Polish transformation prior to the integration with the European Union eight years later. It is worth to mention that at that time the Polish economy enjoyed the fastest pace of growth resulting from successful implementation of comprehensive development program "Strategy for Poland". In 1995 Poland recorded the highest in last 30 years rate of GDP growth; the real GDP per capita increased by 7.0 per cent (in 1996 and 1997, respectively, by 6.2 and 6.9 per cent).

Paris, 11.VII.1996. With Donald Johnston, the Secretary General of OECD

July 11, 2006
The daily newspaper TRYBUNA has published the interview with Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, who exactly 10 years ago has signed the accession act to the OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The interview is entitled "Ten Years After the Success. SLD - OECD".
Interview (in Polish)

July 10, 2006, 3:00 - 5:00 p. m.
Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) is hosting, on July 8th-23rd, the Summer University Warsaw 2006 (SUW 2006) on "Poland - Competing for the Future". The intention of the SGH students, which organize the event, is " show Poland to the foreign students from the contemporary perspective, as a country where the people work toward the better future and do not focus most of the time on the past. Poland is moving forward and there is a lot of fields of which we may be proud. The way the young men from overseas will perceive us will make an influence on our country investment attractiveness in the world." Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko - the graduate and for many years a lecturer at the SGH - had been invited do present for the participant of the SUW 2006 a distinguished lecture on "The World Economy and Poland's Development Perspectives". The event took place in the SGH main building, 162 Niepodleglosci Avenue, aula VII.

June 2006
Two new papers were published in Tiger Working Papers Series: "Currency Asymmetry, Global Imbalance, and Rethinking again of International Currency System" by Prof. Fan Gang, and "Methods of Privatization and Economic Growth in Transition Economies" by Prof. John Bennett, Saul Estrin and Giovanni Urga.

June 26, 2006
Dr Malgorzata Runiewicz, Assistant Professor in TIGER Research Centre, participated in the workshop on: "Needs for eGovernment Research Management - Regional Aspect" organized by The Polish Ministry of Interior and Administration in Krakow.
The full programme of the workshop in English

June 24 -25, 2006
Victoria! Well, 135th position... This is the place Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has taken with a time of 4 hours 5 minutes and 8 seconds in Midsummer Marathon in Gdynia. The event - very good organized run, in part along the sea boulevard - was a part of the celebration of 80th Anniversary of the city of Gdynia. It was 22nd marathon (and fifth in Poland), which was completed by the Director of TIGER within last five years. Congratulation!

At the finish line with Mr. Jerzy Jaloszewski, the Director of Gdynia Centre for Sport
and Recreation

June 22, 2006
Dr Marcin Piątkowski, TIGER's Research Director, is a peer reviewer of a research project sponsored by the European Commission on "Evaluation Models and Tools for Assessment of Innovation and Sustainable Development at the EU level". Dr Piątkowski participated in the project's workshop held in Brussels.
Workshop agenda
List of participants

June 21-24, 2006
Dr. Małgorzata Runiewicz - Assistant Professor at TIGER - took part in the next project related meeting within the EU 6 Framework Programme entitled: "Next Steps in Developing Information Society Services in New Member States". The main goal of the meeting, organized by European Centre ICEGEC in Budapest, was to discuss partners' work on National Reports on the state and perspectives for development of "eGovernment/eHealth and eLearning in Poland", prepared by TIGER team.

June 15-18, 2006
Dr Jacek Tomkiewicz - Assistant Professor at TIGER - visited Lomonosov Moscow State University. Aim of this research visit was to collect data and opinions on fiscal policy in post-socialist economies.

June 14-16, 2006
Dr. Małgorzata Runiewicz - Assistant Professor at TIGER - took part in the experts meeting, organized by Innovative Actions Network for the Information Society (Brussels) in Blekinge (Sweden). The meeting was organized within the 6 EU framework research programme on "TRANSFORM - Benchmarking and Fostering Transformative Use of ICT in EU Regions".

June 12-13, 2006
The Institute for International Integration Studies of Trinity College Dublin is the leading source of academic research in international finance in Ireland. Together with the Journal of Multinational Financial Management TCD organized a conference on "Measuring and Managing Contagion". This was the first in a series of five conferences to be organized over the coming years. Topics of the meeting include European enlargement, financial service centers, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, corporate governance, capital structure and dividend policy, financial engineering, risk management, asset management, financial services, capital markets, regulation of capital markets and financial institutions, financial accounting, financial derivatives, valuation, asset pricing models, and multinational financial management. At the conference, Director of TIGER, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, participated in a special round table session on "Political Action in Financial Crises: Dampers or Amplifiers".

June 8-9, 2006
Dr. Malgorzata Runiewicz participated at the Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2006 on: "Shaping EU Regional Policy: Economic, Social and Political Pressures",  in Leuven. The Regional Studies Association is The International Forum for Regional Development Policy and Research. Dr. Runiewicz presented a paper "The impact of the EU enlargement on cross-border developments and competitive capacity building of North-West CIS regions".
Program and details

June 6, 2006, 4:00 p.m., room B5
Student Science Club Little Tigers has elected the new Chairman - Joanna Grudzinska, second year student at English Studies - Program in Management and Marketing, WSPiZ, and an active member of Little Tigers.


May 2006
Professor U. Joy Ogwu, Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) and member of TIGER Scientific Advisory Board, has been nominated by the by Secretary General Kofi Annan for the position of Chairwoman of the Secretary-General's of the United Nations Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters for 2006. Congratulations!

May 2006
Seven new papers have been published in Tiger Working Papers Series: no. 86 ("Life Cycle of the Centrally Planned Economy: Why Soviet Growth Rates Peaked in the 1950s" - Vladimir Popov, 87 ("Institutional Economics and Transition Economies: Some Analytical Issues" - Wei Ge), 88 ("The importance of institutions in expansionary fiscal consolidations. A critical assessment of non-Keynesian effects" - István Benczes) i 89 ("Globalization, Transformation and Management Education" - Grzegorz W. Kolodko), 90 ("Corruption and Bureaucratic Structure in a Developing Economy" - John Bennett and Saul Estrin), 91 ("Regulatory Barriers and Entry in Developing Economies" - John Bennett and Saul Estrin) and 92 ("Privatization when Workers Control Firms: Mass Privatization versus MEBO" - John Bennett, Saul Estrin and James Maw).

May 31, 2006, 4:00 p.m., room B5
Prof. Krzysztof Kalicki, President of The Deutsche Bank Polen Group in Warsaw was the guest of the TIGER's monthly seminar. He presented the lecture and lead the discussion on "The activity of The Deutsche Bank Group in Poland".
Abstract (in Polish)
CV (in Polish)

May 22, 2006, 4:00 p.m., room B5
Dr. Marcin Piatkowski from the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. shared his life experience in a TIGER and Science Club "Tigers" seminar on "How to get from a high school in Raciborz to the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C.?".

May 13-19, 2006
Under the optimistic title "Cheer up" weekly "The Economist" publishes consisting of six articles survey on Poland. Edward Lucas - the survey author which recently (on March 13th) has visited us and presented a seminar at TIGER - acknowledges Dr. Marcin Piatkowski's help during the preparation of the survey. While stressing the accomplishments and challenges it Poland's economy (and, by the way, the leading position of Kozminski Business School, WSPiZ) he quotes Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko "'The Polish emerging market works much better than the Polish emerging democracy,' says Grzegorz Kolodko, a former finance minister now based at one of Warsaw's top business schools." ("Cheer up", p. 4).

May 17, 2006, 4:00 p.m., room B5
Monthly TIGER's seminar was devoted to the subject of "Financial restructuring of a firm - the case of the consulting-investment company GI NYWIG S.A", presented by Dr. Hanna Sokół, Vice President of The Management Board of NYWIG.
Abstract (in Polish)
CV (in Polish)

May 11, 2006, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kozminski Business School hosted a group of 15 students, together with their tutor and two accompanying professors, of the Executive MBA program. The European trip of the team from Arkansas, USA, was coordinated by the International Executive Education Center at the Grenoble Ecole de Management. During the visit at our school the guest had also an opportunity to listen to the Director of TIGER, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko lecture on "Business Environment in Poland".

May 5, 2006
During his brief working visit in Armenia s capital - Yerevan - Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has met with the Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia - Dr. Tigran Sargasyan. The topics of the discussion were the determinants and constraints of efficiency of the momentary policy as well as its influence upon financial stability and economic growth. Armenia, similarly as Poland, in her monetary policy is aiming at the inflation targeting, currently set as no more than 3 per cent. In this endeavor Armenia is quite successful, since the CPI is below 1 per cent, while at the same time the implemented policy in not harmful - as it happens to be in Poland - for economic expansion. In last six years Armenia has been proud of achieving two digits rate of GDP growth, one of the highest among all postsocialist transition economies. According to the Central Bank forecast this year rate of growth should be around 10 per cent.

May 5, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
Prof. Grzegorz W. Kolodko paid a visit to Armenia. At the invitation of the Director of the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), Dr. Heghine Manasyan, he meet with the faculty and students, and presented a lecture entitled "Globalization and Transition to Market and Democracy. The Lessons from Polish Experience". The lecture was organized together with the Faculty of Economics of the Yerevan State University.

At the outskirts of Yerevan, the Holy Echmiadzin is the Vatican of the Armenian Apostolic Church

April 2006
"Toàn cầu hóa và tương lai của các nước đang chuyển đổi" means in Vietnamese "Globalization and Catching-up In Transition Economies". This is the title of Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko book published in Hanoi by Nhà xuất bản chính trị quốc gia (State Political Publishing House). This is already the tenth language in which this contribution has been published. In was first published in English by the University of Rochester Press in 2001.
Introduction by Professor Nghia (in Vietnamese)

April 28-29, 2006
Dr Jacek Tomkiewicz - Assistant Professor at TIGER - took part in the seminar organized by Faculty of Economics University of Rome La Sapienza. Seminar was organized within the international research project on "Inequality: mechanisms, effects, policies". TIGER is part of research consortium of leading European research centers.

April 24-25, 2006
Dr. Malgorzata Runiewicz participated at the scientific conference entitled: "Towards the knowledge-based economy: innovativeness, competitiveness, regional co-operation", organized by Institute of Economy at Management and Administration Faculty of Swietokrzyska Academy in Kielce. Dr Runiewicz presented a paper: "The role of information technologies in building international competitiveness of Poland and EU".
Program and details of the conference (in Polish)

April 21, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
At the invitation of Professor Vladimir Mau, Rector of Academy of National Economy of the Russian Federal Government, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presented to the students and faculty of the Academy a lecture on "Globalization".  It is not the first visit of TIGER's Director at the Moscow Academy, since he had been there before in 2001. In recent years a dozen Russian language publication of Professor Kolodko had been released, including four books: "Polsza 2000. Nowaja ekonomiczeskaja strategija" ("Poland 2000. The New Economic Strategy"), Poltext, Warsaw 1996; "Polskaja altiernatiwa. Staryje mity, riealnyje fakty i nowaja strategija w processie uspiesznoj transformacji polskoj ekonomiki" ("he Polish Alternative. Old Myths, Real Facts and New Strategies"), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moskwa 1997 (coauthor D. Mario Nuti); "Ot szoka k terapii. Politiczeskaja ekonomija postsocjalisteczeskich prieobrazowanij" ("From Shock to Therapy. The Political Economy of Postsocialist Transformation"), ZAO 'Żurnal Expert', Moscow 2000; "Globalizacja i perspektiwy razvitia post-socjalisticzeskich stran" ("Globalization and Catching-up in Transition Economies"), European Humanitarian University, Minsk 2002.

April 17-21, 2006, 9:00-11:50 a.m.
As in previous year, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presented a 20 hours cycle of lectures for the students of the Moscow School of Economics at the Lomonosov State University. This time the course addressed the issue of institutional aspects of development in the global economy. In the recent years four books authored by the TIGER's Director have been published in Russian: "Polsza 2000. Nowaja ekonomiczeskaja strategija", Poltext, Warsaw 1996, p. 160, "Polskaja altiernatiwa. Staryje mity, riealnyje fakty i nowaja strategija w processie uspiesznoj transformacji polskoj ekonomiki" (co-author D. Mario Nuti), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 1997, p. 86, "Ot szoka k terapii. Politiczeskaja ekonomija postsocjalisteczeskich prieobrazowanij", ZAO Żurnał Expert, Moscow 2000, p. 392 and "Globalizacja i perspektiwy razvitia post-socjalisticzeskich stran, Jewropejskij Gumanitarnij Uniwersitet", Minsk 2002, p. 200. Additionally, some major papers have been also published in the leading Russian scientific periodicals, e.g., in "Voprosy Ekonomiki" and "Mir Pieremien". Russian language papers by Professor Kolodko are accessible on our website at

April 19, 2006
During his Moscow's visit Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko met with Professor Alexandr Nekipelov, Vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, with whom he discussed the forms of further cooperation. At the meeting they have discussed also about the challenges and development perspectives of Russian economy as well as the topics of research and economic education in both countries. Academician Nekipelov is the member of the Scientific Advisory Board of TIGER.

April 11, 2006, 1:15 p. m.
"How the 'second Japan' was built in Poland, or where my Toyota has gone?" - this was a title of public lecture Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presented at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The lecture focused on the evaluation of economic determinants, successes and failures of postsocialist transformation thus far, as well as on the analysis of the chances and threats for the future. Have we been able, against the background of ongoing globalization, to accomplish what was indeed possible?  What kind of policy mistakes have been committed already and what errors can still be avoided in the future strategy for development? The event took place in the audytorium at the campus on Gronostajowa 7 St.

April 11, 2006, 10:00 a.m.
At the invitation of Professor Ryszard Borowiecki, the Rector of Economic Academy in Krakow, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko visited this distinguished university. This time with a lecture on "Transformation of Polish Economy. Success or Failure?".

With Professor Ryszard Borowiecki, Rector of Economic Academy in Krakow

April 10, 2006, 12:15 p.m., Aula I
"Little Tigers" Science Club organized a meeting with the Chairman of Polish Business Roundtable Dr. Jan Kulczyk.

Dr Jan Kulczyk z członkami Zarządu Koła Naukowego TYGRYSKI

April 6-8, 2006
Dr. Marcin Piatkowski, Research Director, delivered a lecture on the impact of ICT on growth and productivity in the European Union during an international conference on "Growth and Jobs: Challenges to the Lisbon Strategy and European Competitivenes" organized in Budapest by the International Center for Economic Growth. Dr Piatkowski also participated in the meeting of the Scientific Steering Committee of the European Commission to discuss directions of research on the development of information society in the EU.
Conference Program

April 6-7, 2006, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Within the framework of the program International Master in Management, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presented a lecture and seminar on "Globalization and the Great Post-Communist Change". The 10 days series of lectures took place at the Kozminski School of Business and a group of about 70 students from the International School - from France, Great Britain and Spain as well as from Kozminski Business School - took part in the event.

April 5, 2006, 4:30 p.m., Aula I
In 1989 this date - April 5th - had been written into the history, and not only of Poland. At that time - exactly 17 years ago - the agreement of two months lasting negotiations of the Polish Round Tablehad been signed. The event has led our entire region of the world toward the postsocialist transformation. What had brought the Round Table negotiations? What caused the collapse - or was it overthrown? - the previous system of the socialist centrally planned economy? What kind of expectation were there in Poland and other countries of the region in 1989 and what we were able to accomplish during the last 17 years? What major policy mistakes have been committed and why it did happen? Who are the losers and who are the gainers? Why we may distinguish four different periods - 1990-93, 1994-97, 1998-2001 and 2002-05 - of alternatively worse and better economic performance?What conclusions should be drawn from these experiences thus far and what we may expect and must be concerned for in the perspective of the next 17 years, until 2023? These are just some of the crucial questions for which we tried to answer during the special public lecture and seminar entitled "The Un-round Anniversary of the Round Table", presented by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, who had participated in the debate of the Round Table and later twice have served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance of Poland. Professor Jan Marcin Kula and Professor Wlodzinierz Pankow were the discussants.

Comments by Prof. Kolodko published in 1988-89 (in Polish):
Part of the book entitled "Transformacja polskiej gospodarki. Sukces czy porażka?" ("Transformation of Polish Economy. Success or Failure?")
Part of the book entitled "Inflacja, Reforma, Stabilizacja" ("Inflation, Reform, Stabilization")

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April 3, 2006
While in Nagoya, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has paid a visit to TOYOTA Tsutusmi plant in Toyota City. During the visit Director of TIGER had met with a representative of the management of TOYOTA with whom he discussed the issues of managing the global company within the environment of fierce international competition as well as the TOYOTA investment in Poland. In last year TOYOTA - the second largest manufacturer of cars in the world - sold 7 million 267 thousand cars, of which 5 million 554 thousand overseas.

April 1, 2006, 11:00 a.m.

Over the past twenty years Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Administration (NUCB) welcomes a distinguished international politicians or scholars to be the guest speaker for the Matriculation Ceremony. This year Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko had been invited by Professor Hiroshi Kurimoto, the President of NUBC, to Nagoya, Japan, to address this event, which usually is attended by over one thousand students with their parents and over two hundred Faculty Members and the university staff. Professor Kolodko spoke on cultural aspects of business and economic policy at the era of global competition.
Summary of speech (in Japanese)

March 2006
Journal of Economic Literature (Volume 44, No. 1), leading world economic journal, has published note on the book edited by Prof. G. W. Kolodko. The book titled "The Polish Miracle: Lessons for the Emerging Markets" is the outcome of research problems coordinated by TIGER.

March 2006
The latest issue (No. 4/2005) of the Russian quarterly "Mir Pieremien" ("The World of Transformations"), published by the Russian Academy of Sciences, brings the article by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko on "Vielikaya polskaya transformaciya: uroky dla rozvivaiushchihsya rynkov" ("The Great Polish Transformation: Lessons for Developing Market Economies").
Article (in Russian)

March 2006
The new paper within the TIGER Working Paper Series is being just released. This time this is an interesting and important contribution by the TIGER Scientific Advisory Board Member, Professor D. Mario Nuti form London Business School and Universita di Roma 'La Sapienza'. The paper is entitled "Alternative Fiscal Rules for the New Member States".

March 31, 2006
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko while visiting Japan had met in Kyoto with Professor Masahiro Taguchi from Okayama University. Professor Taguchi is a member of TIGER Scientific Advisory Board. During the meeting they have discussed the issues of further research of TIGER as well as the forms and topics of cooperation with the Japanese economists dealing with the problems of Globalization and transformation. At the photo - Professors Taguchi and Kolodko at the famous Golden Pavilion temple (Kinkaku-ji), the UNESCO world culture heritage site.

March 30, 2006, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The research group "Comparative Economic Studies" of the Institute for Economic Research of the Kyoto University organized a guest lecture by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko. During the meeting, which was hosted by Professor Satoshi Mizobata, the TIGER's Director spoke on "The Polish Transition Process. The Regional and Global Context".

With Professor Satoshi Mizobata

March 29, 2006, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
At the Department of Economics of Kobe University Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko delivered the first of a series of lectures and seminars presented during his short working visit to Japan. The title of the lecture was "The Polish Transition to Market and Democracy. Can the Success Hold On?".

In 2005 the book on "Shock kara Ryouhou he - Touou ni okeru Post-Shakaishugi no Taisei Ikou kara EU Kamei he" ("From Shock to Therapy. Post Socialist Countries' Transformation Leading to Accession to the EU"), written by Director of TIGER, has been published in Japanese (SanKeiSha, Nagoya 2005). Also the Japanese journal Okayama Economic Review (Vol. 37, No. 1, June 2005, pp. 151-172) has published paper on "Seido, Seisaku to Keizai-seicho" ("Institutions, Policies and Growth"). Another Professor Kolodko's research papers in Japanese are accessible at our website at

March 27, 2006, 5:30 p. m. (GMT + 9h)
"Hafa adai!" means "Welcome!" in Chamorro. This is - together with English - second official language spoken at the island of Guam on the Pacific Ocean, where Director of TIGER, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, payed a visit. While presenting at the University of Guama lecture on "From Shock to Therapy. The Implications of Postsocialist Transformation in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union" he didn't speak in Chamorro (not yet), but still in English. During the seminar different strategies adopted by Poland and Russia in moving from an economy based on a socialist principles to one based more on a free market philosophy were discussed. In addition, some analysis of where the different East Central European countries are in the changeover process were presented as well.

March 26, 2006
The 38th place, in which Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has finished the Guam Marathon at Pacific, is the best thus far in his career as the marathon man. Start in the darkness of small hours, at 4 a.m., +9 hours jet lag, 56 Fahrenheit degrees warmer thank in Warsaw, tropic and high humidity, and in addition - despite the dry season - a torrential rain - these has been just some more attractions of the challenging run...

March 22, 2006, 4:00 p.m., room B5
TIGER seminar, in which prof. Eugeniusz Kaciak from Department of Business of Brock University in Canada gave a lecture on: "Comparative Analysis of Education Systems in Poland and Canada".

March 20, 2006, 5:00 p.m.
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko visited Poznan to present to the Association of Positivists of Great Poland a lecture on "Un-round Anniversary of the Round Table". 17 years ago Professor Kolodko, at that time Director of the Research Institute of Finance, was participating in the economic debate of the historic Round Table. The success of Polish Round Table led to the political break through and take off of the postsocialist systemic transformation in our part of the world. The event took place in the Dzialynskis'  Palace, Stary Rynek 78.

March 13, 2006, 4:30 p.m., room B6
TIGER's seminar titled "Role of the World Media in Business". Seminar was conducted by Mr. Edward Lucas - Central and Eastern Europe correspondent of "The Economist" weekly.

March 6, 2006
"'Relocation' of production and services and its impact on employment in the European context" - this was a title of the experts meeting organized by The National Institute for Working Life (SALTSA) and the European Trade Unions Institute (ETUI) in Brussels. During the seminar, in which Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko was participating, the issue of the implications for labor market of the relocation of production and services from Western to the Eastern Europe was examined.

March 2, 2006
At the invitation of the Ambassador of the United States - Mr. Victor Asche, an alumni of American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) - Małgorzata Runiewicz participated at a reception in honor of the American Fund of Studies, taking place in the Ambassador's Residence in Warsaw.

February-March 2006
The new Polish bi-monthly magazine "Bieganie" ("Running") has just
been published. It brings an interview with Director of TIGER under the title "I am jogging, therefore I am". Professor G. W. Kolodko is jogging daily and during last five years has run 20 marathons. Taking this opportunity we would like to invite everybody - first of all the students - to run!
Text of the interview

February 2006
ASHGATE publishes the newest book edited by the TIGER Director, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko. The volume (pp. xxvi+295), entitled "The Polish Miracle. Lessons for the Emerging Markets", discusses the transition to a market economy, political democracy and civic society in Poland, the central European country which initiated the process of post-communist transformation sixteen years ago and which is now a member of the European Union. The book has been written by an excellent team of researchers with extensive experience of policymaking. It presents a comprehensive research output within the field of comparative and development economics and economic policy. The main attraction of the book, however, are the lessons the emerging markets worldwide may learn from the Polish experience.
Introductory Chapter by G.W. Kolodko

The book publication with support by:

February 2006
The recent TIGER Working Paper (No. 83) on "The Role of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in the Economic Integration and Political Stability of the Region", written by  Malgorzata Runiewicz and Hanna Antonova, has just been published.

February 2006
The Helsinki based World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) of the United Nations University has published Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko paper on "Institutions, Policies and Economic Development" as "Research Paper" No. 2006/21, February 2006. While visiting the WIDER a couple of times in the recent years, the TIGER Director has participated in various research projects and contributed several papers. Some of them are available also on our website.

February 24-26, 2006
"Little Tigers" Science Club organized a semester conference entitled "PR not only for professionals". The conference - with the participation of Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, who had presented a seminar on his own experience with PR - took place in Ministry of Finance's educational unit in Otwock.
Visit description

February 21, 2006
Presentation of the book by dr Małgorzata Runiewicz entitled "The Impact of Foreign Direct Investments on the Export Competitiveness of the Baltic States in the European Single Market", took place in the Polish Institute in Vilnius.

February 21, 2006, 4:00 p.m., room B5
Professor Andrzej Sopoćko, from Department of Management, the Warsaw University - until recently Vicepresident of the Board of Warsaw Stock Exchange, and in 1994-97 President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection - presented the TIGER monthly seminar. The topic of lecture and following discussion was "The Eneterprise Financing through the Stock Exchange".

January 2006
The first in 2006 issue of TIGER Working Paper has just been published. TWP No. 81 presents a new paper by the TIGER Director, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, entitled "Globalization and Its Impact on Economic Development".

January 2006
The latest issue of our series on globalization, transformation and development - TIGER Working Paper No. 82 - presents a paper by renowned Russian economist, Professor Vladimir Popov from New Economic School in Moscow, and the Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Professor Popov's contribution is entitled "Shock Therapy versus Gradualism Reconsidered: Lessons from Transition Economies after 15 Years of Reforms".

January 30, 2006, 5:00 p.m., room B17
It was already the XVIIIth event within our series of the WSPiZ & TIGER Distinguished Lectures. This time our guest was distinguished American economist, First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Professor Anne O. Krueger. The topic of Ms. Krueger presentation, deals with the current tendencies within and challenges to the world economy and the IMF response. The lecture's title was "A 'continuous adventure': the pursuit of stability and growth in modern economies".

January 23, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
At the invitation of Professor Eduard Ponarin - Chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology of the European University at St. Petersburg - Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko visited the university and presented a lecture and seminar on "The Polish Transition. How Much of Success?". The event took place at the Department of Economics, 3 Gagarinskaia Ulitsa.


January 23, 2006, 10:00 a.m.
Professor Vladimir V. Okrepilov, the Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vice-Chairman of the St. Petersburg Scientific Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences, was hosting Director of TIGER, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, who presented a lecture and seminar on "Globalization and Catching-up In Post-Communist Countries". Professor Kolodko had published recently two books in Russian and on our website his numerous research papers in Russian are accessible.

January 21-25, 2006
Within the framework of the European Union research project: "Next steps in developing Information Society Services in the New Member States. The cases of eGovernment, eHealth and eLearning", in which TIGER is one of the network institutions, dr Małgorzata Runiewicz participated in the working meeting taking place in The European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (IPTS) in Sevillia.

January 19-21, 2006
Seventh Annual Global Development Conference on 'Institutions and Development: At the Nexus of Global Change', was hold in St. Petersburg, Russia. The event, organized by the Global Development Network (GDN), examined the crucial role of institutions in the development process. Key sessions included "Institutions and Global Development", "Institutional Reforms in Transition and Developing Countries" and "Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development: The Role of Institutions". As always, the Conference attracted established researchers, including Nobel Laureates among the keynote speakers. In addition, winners of the Global Development Awards Competition was announced from amongst the finalists presenting their work at the Conference. Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko chaired the special panel session on "Institutions, Globalization and Employment" organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Conference Agenda
ILO Panel

January 19, 2006
"The European Dream. Unification of Nations, Fusion of Business" - this is the title of 2006 STAR Congress to be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. STAR is the Study Association of the RSM/Erasmus University. It has over 6.500 members, of which 1.000 are international students. The objective of STAR is to offer development opportunities to students during their study, intensify their curriculum through the means of academic activities and stimulate the contact of students with key individuals of today. Past STAR speakers include Mr. Vincente Fox (President of Mexico), Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali (former UN Secretary-General), Mr. A. Burgmans (Chairman Unilever N.V.) and Mr. M. Monti (former European Commissioner). This time Professor G. W. Kolodko has been invited to contribute a keynote speech to the Congress. The topic of the lecture is "Whither Europe? The European Dreams and Nightmares".
Information Package


January 17, 2006, 12:00 p.m.
"Little Tigers" Science Club organized the meeting with H. E. Ambassador of Brasil, Mr. Marcelo Jardim.
Embassy of Brazil


January 11, 2006, 4:00 p.m., room B5
TIGER seminar, in which dr Malgorzata Runiewicz - an Assistant Professor in TIGER Research Centre - delivered a lecture on "The role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in enhancing the innovativeness in the EU and United States. Policy implications to Poland".