Planning in Transition Economies for Growth and Equity

A street in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Micro-entrepreneur on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2001. (Photo courtesy of Prof. Annette Miae Kim.)


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Spring 2004



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During the last fifteen years, nations across the globe embarked on a historic transformation away from centrally planned economies to market-oriented ones. However, in the common pursuit for economic growth, these transition countries implemented widely different reform strategies with mixed results. With over a decade of empirical evidence now available, this new course examines this phenomenon that has pushed the discourse in a number of disciplines, requiring us to reconsider fundamental issues such as:

  • the proper relationship between business, government, and the public interest
  • the possible synergies and tensions between economic growth and equity
  • how economic transition has reshaped cities

The premise of the course is that the core issue in transition involves institution-building and re-building in different contexts.

Annette Kim. 11.946 Planning in Transition Economies for Growth and Equity, Spring 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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