Talk by Dr. Leszek Balcerowicz: "Poland after Socialism: Economic Problems and Prospects in and Beyond the Eurozone"
Tue, November 19, 2013 • 7:00 PM • Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302
A talk by Dr. Leszek Balcerowicz
"Poland after Socialism: Economic Problems and Prospects in and Beyond the Eurozone"
November 19, 2013, 7pm
ACE 2.302, ACES Building
201 East 24th Street
Wine & Cheese Reception to Follow
In a talk on the major economic transitions encountered in Central and Eastern Europe, Dr. Leszek Balcerowicz will present the case study of Poland, which in the last 25 years has experienced complete economic decentralization into a free market economy and is now transitioning to a pegged currency in the Eurozone. Having presided over the most major economic restructuring the country has seen, Leszek Balcerowicz is considered the architect of Poland's economic reforms initiated after the fall of communism in 1989. He designed and executed the radical stabilization and transformation of the Polish economy with a form of shock therapy, commonly referred to as the "Balcerowicz Plan".
In September 1989, Dr. Balcerowicz was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Finance in the first non-communist government in Poland since World War II. He retained these positions until December 1991. From April 1995 to December 2000, he was president of the Freedom Union, a free market-oriented political party, and from October 1997 to June 2000 he was again Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Poland. In 2001-2007, he was the governor of the Central Bank of Poland.
Balcerowicz is now a professor at the College of Europe, an institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs, as well as a member of the Washington-based international advisory body, the Group of Thirty, and a board member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is also a member of the Group of Trustees of the Institute of International Finance. In 2011, he was appointed a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee, providing advice and assistance on issues relevant to the work of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB). Dr. Balcerowicz is also a chairman and founder of the Civil Development Forum Foundation (FOR), based in Warsaw. He holds honorary doctorates from more than 20 universities around the world.
This event is funded by the European Union.
Event Poster available HERE.
This event is apart of UT's 5th Annual International Education Week (IEW) which is an opportunity to celebrate the enriching benefits of international education and exchange worldwide from November 18 – 22, 2013. This campus-wide event brings together the UT community of students, faculty and staff to participate in a variety of fun, informative and culturally-rich events which collectively help to promote and celebrate language acquisition, international exchanges, cross-cultural awareness, and global citizenship!