Leszek Balcerowicz named a recipient of the 2014 Milton Friedman Prize

We are proud to inform that Cato Institute announced that Leszek Balcerowicz, former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland, as well as a Member of CASE Supervisory Council, will receive the 2014 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, biennial award presented to an individual for achievement in promoting freedom and individual liberty. “Leszek Balcerowicz’s contributions to the advancement of liberty and free markets in Eastern Europe cannot be overstated,” said Cato CEO John Allison. “Poland now serves as a model that other countries may follow in transitioning from socialism to a humane economy based on individual responsibility and the rule of law.” read more » about Leszek Balcerowicz named a recipient of the 2014 Milton Friedman Prize

Employee financial participation in businesses: Is it worth discussing?

During the systemic transformation of the Polish economy in the late 980s and early 990s, a keen interest arose in various forms of participation of employees in the profits and ownership of the enterprises employing them. (For convenience we can refer to these various forms of participation as employee ownership.) This was linked to ongoing discussions about how to privatize the country’s state-owned companies on a large scale. The author of this paper, prof. Barbara Blaszczyk, took part in these discussions, trying to popularize employee share ownership, which was well-known in Western countries. In her view then, this kind of institution could be used to build a new business model for certain groups of enterprises created as a result of privatization. At that time, however, neither the Polish intellectual elite nor the working class was prepared for, or understood, the long-term advantagesof the forms of employee ownership implemented in some companies in the most developed Western countries. Even in these countries, however, these forms were not very common at that time. read more » about Employee financial participation in businesses: Is it worth discussing?

Macroeconomic and fiscal challenges faced by the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region

The current fiscal imbalances and fragilities in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries (SEMC) are the result of decades of instability, but have become more visible since 2008, when a combination of adverse economic and political shocks (the global and European financial crises, Arab Spring) hit the region. In an environment of slower growth and higher public expenditure pressures, fiscal deficits and public debts have increased rapidly. This has led to the deterioration of current accounts, a depletion of official reserves, the depreciation of some currencies and higher inflationary pressure. read more » about Macroeconomic and fiscal challenges faced by the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region

Crisis Management and the Changing Role of the State – 2nd Central European PhD Workshop in Hungary

An increasing role of state operations in the economy has been generally perceived as a response to the financial crisis. Yet, in many countries, including Poland, this phenomenon stems from rent seeking rather than economic downturn – said prof. Piotr Kozarzewski during the 2nd Central European PhD Workshop in Hungary. The event took place between 20th and 21st March 2014 in Szeged, Hungary. read more » about Crisis Management and the Changing Role of the State – 2nd Central European PhD Workshop in Hungary

The Second European Think Tank Summit and the role of think tanks

The Second European Think Tank Summit took place in Barcelona between March 10th and 12th 2014. Thirty-eight think tanks from twenty-one countries from all over Europe attended – CASE was represented by our Fellow, Marek Dabrowski. In the light of recent developments, much of the summit was devoted to the question of how Think Tanks can influence diplomacy and the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. With this in mind particular attention was given to Ukraine and to the ongoing crisis there, focusing on Ukrainian-Russian relations and also EU-Russian relations. The role which think tanks should play in large global conflicts such as this was also analysed. read more » about The Second European Think Tank Summit and the role of think tanks

Active Ageing Policies in Employment in Poland

The debate on active ageing in employment in Poland started relatively late. The first discussions on the unfavourable situation of elderly employment emerged only in the second half of the 1990s, when the debate on pension system reform started. While only a few ageing policies were developed at the national level during that time, several interesting initiatives were undertaken at a regional level and in the third sector. They mostly focused on productive ageing and the problems associated with the economic activation of people over 50. The intensive implementation of active ageing policies in Poland started in 2012, during the European Year of Active Ageing. read more » about Active Ageing Policies in Employment in Poland

Technical Workshop of DEFINE Project in Warsaw

Researchers from CASE and the Institut für Höhere Studien (Austria) participated in the 4th Technical Workshop organized within the DEFINE Project (Development of an Evaluation Framework for the Introduction of Electromobility). During an event, which took place between the 9th and 12th March 2014 in CASE’s Warsaw office, many issues, such as Poland’s Social Accounting Matrix, vehicle market, electricity model, as well as emission data and quantification of the external costs, were addressed. read more » about Technical Workshop of DEFINE Project in Warsaw

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Active aging - a privilege
or an obligation?

(27.03.2014) | Lucie Vidovićová

Active ageing has been one of the most important mantras of the last few decades. You can hear the call for activity in advanced ages from academics, colourful women’s magazines and politicians alike. European populations are ageing, the share and number of older people is rising with the expected peak to be around the year 2060, and if we consider older age to be a burden, we may understand the panic from the demography which has been raised by different actors.

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