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Banking in Transition Economies
Developing Market Oriented Banking Sectors in Eastern Europe
Banking in Transition Economies is a modern analysis of banking in the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe and includes a detailed examination of banking in the first five years of transition as well as policy recommendations for banking reform in the region. This authoritative book presents an extensive investigation of changes in the structure of the banking industry and the progress of privatization, particularly in Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. Privatization and the restructuring of 'problem banks' are analysed as well as the strategy for re-capitalization and bank failure, and the role of foreign banks in bringing reform to the region. The book offers policy prescriptions for the transition from a passive banking structure to an active financial sector supporting the development of the industrial sector, and for the role of the state after privatization. This book will be of great importance to bankers in Central and Eastern Europe and economists interested in the process of transition, as well as financial and monetary economists.
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'... the book by Bonin, Mizsei, Szekely and Wachtel gives a very detailed and informed account of four policy areas highly relevant to banking in transition economies ... The rather selective nature of the book makes it a valuable source of information and input for the work of both policymakers in the region and academic researchers.' -- Claudia M. Buch, Journal of Comparative Economics '... this book makes a valuable contribution to both the privatization and banking regulation literature.' -- J. Prager, Choice 'This book represents a blueprint on banking in transition. To date it is one of the most comprehensive attempts to analyse in a systematic way the issues involved in setting up a commercially based, privately owned banking sector in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Its reading is a must for academics, bankers and policy makers dealing with banking in countries in transition.' -- Ricardo Lago, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development