Lustration after communism in Eastern Europe

Elections in Czechia are coming up and someone with proven contacts with the former secret police is projected to be the next prime minister.[1] (And a fresh Slovak supreme court ruling should make it impossible to sue archival institutions which hold secret police files.[2]) I've been thinking about…

Interpersonal trust

In OECD countries, about 36% of interviewees expressed interpersonal trust. In Nordic countries over 60% of interviewees trust each other compared to less than 13% in Chile, Mexico and Turkey. Among the key partner economies, levels of trust are usually lower than in OECD countries ranging from 4% of the…

Eastern Europe monitor

FT: EU paves way for sanctions against Poland Poles refuse to back down in confrontation with Commission – POLITICO: "Kaczyński also cast doubt on the Commission’s right to carry out its unprecedented rule-of-law procedure against Poland, launched in January over concerns that the authorities in Warsaw were violating the…

Economic performance of Central Europe

Poland performed the best overall, managing to grow every single year over the relevant period: Here is the regional variation in Poland - even the worst-performing region has grown at more than 2% per year, which is enviable by international benchmarks: Source: OECD Hungary Some parts of the Hungarian economy…

Contributions of metropolitan areas to GDP

Good to see that the Slovak economy is not as Bratislava-centric as one might have thought. Much of the debate is Slovakia is about the urgent need to develop the country's non-Western regions. Norway is a pretty amazing case: Oslo contributes almost 90% to national GDP growth. Given how beautiful…

Martin Filko

A talented, energetic, and highly productive young Slovak economist Martin Filko has disappeared. It is truly terrible news for Slovakia. Martin's (probably) last interview: Martin Filko: Sme ochotní riskovať naše kariéry | TREND.sk; and what looks like his last article, with Martin Dubéci: Move On. Here is President Kiska's reaction:…

Income mobility in the Slovak Republic

The following income transition matrix was published by the Slovak Fiscal Council: Based on the administrative data, here are some facts about income mobility in Slovakia: 70.3% of the top 1% earners stayed in the same income category between 2012 and 2013. 1.6% of employees who were in…