21 December 2007

Checking In

Just checking in for those who are interested. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


twba said...

Long time no see, Gary. May this year be better than the last.

VikingMoose said...

Happy New Year!

Grotius said...


smacky said...

Hay, Gary! Happy New Year!

VikingMoose said...

Hay Smacky!

Hay Gary:
(it's not a free article, but the abstract seems interesting)
The Great Divide Revisited: Ottoman and Habsburg Legacies on Transition

Central European University, Department of Public Policy
Kyklos, Vol. 60, Issue 4, pp. 539-558, November 2007

The former socialist countries of South East and Central Europe exhibit great variation in institutional quality. Unlike the sparse existing literature, I claim that the variation can be explained by the legacies of the Ottoman and Habsburg Empires. I identify historical legacies of the Empires, which have affected the current institutional quality of the successor states. I show empirically that the Empires' legacies are key determinants of institutional quality, and that the Habsburg successors have institutions that are more efficient in a market economy than the Ottoman successors. In contrast, I find an insignificant effect of socialism on institutional quality.