Book Launch: Europe's Growth Champion

On Monday, May 7, CEPA hosted a book launch of Europe's Growth Champion: Insights from the Economic Rise of Poland by Marcin Piatowski. CEPA President Peter B. Doran moderated the discussion following the presentation.

What makes countries rich? What makes countries poor? Europe's Growth Champion: Insights from the Economic Rise of Poland endeavors to answer these questions, and many more, through a study of one of the largest, and least examined, economic success stories.

Over the last 25 years, Poland has become Europe’s and the world’s growth champion (among countries at a similar level of income). This is an unexpected success considering its historical background as a poor, peripheral, and underdeveloped country. Europe's Growth Champion is about the lessons learned from Poland's remarkable experience, the reasons why countries are kept poor, and the difficulties that countries must address in order to grow. Piatkowski's book outlines a new growth model that Poland and its Central and Eastern European neighbors must embrace to sustain their growth and fully catch up with their Western counterparts for the first time ever.

Dr. Marcin Piatkowski is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for European Studies (2016-17), a Senior Economist in the World Bank, and Assistant Professor of Economics at Kozminski University in Warsaw. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Kozminski University and an M.A. in Finance and Banking summa cum laude from the Warsaw School of Economics. He tweets at @mmpiatkowski.

Peter B. Doran

07 May 2018

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