Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Poland Grzegorz Kolodko will give a talk titled “Fifteen Years After Communism: The Mistakes and Successes of Postcommunist Economic Reform” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Coxe 8.
A critic of the initial “shock therapy” program introduced in 1989, Kolodko played an important role in reshaping economic policy in the mid-1990s.
The author of numerous books and articles, Kolodko is widely credited for having solidified economic reform in postcommunist Europe by making it more socially acceptable. He is one of East Europe's most influential public policy figures. He participated in the historic “Round Table” negotiations in 1989, which led to the first non-communist government in Eastern Europe. He has served as consultant to IMF, World Bank, UN, and the OECD.
Kolodko is the director of the TIGER think tank (“Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research”), professor at Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management in Warsaw, and currently visiting professor of European Studies at University of Rochester.