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STUDIES ON THE POST-COMMUNIST TRANSITION Violeta PiculescuStudies on the Post-Communist Transition

By Violeta Piculescu

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This work is dedicated to my parents, and to my brother MariusAcknowledgements I am indebted to my supervisor, Professor Douglas Hibbs, for teaching me the discipline of self-sustaining research. Whether I have been a good apprentice or not that only the future can really tell. Professor Hibbs has been instrumental at all stages of my work. The studies included in the thesis carry many prints of our multiple discussions on my research interests. However, any inconsistencies that the reader may find in the thesis are entirely mine. I am also grateful to Professor Lennart Hjalmarsson in many respects. I recall the days when, as an undergraduate student of the Faculty of Economic Cybernetics, ASE Bucharest, I was attending the lectures of the Swedish professor on topics in Microeconomics. Little was I to know that it was going to be in his country where I’d significantly build on the foundations of my professional and personal life. Professor Hjalmarsson proved an excellent advisor and a valuable supporter of my work here in Sweden. When you owe so much to a person there are hardly any words that can accurately reflect the real extent of the associated gratitude. Time and energy are scarce resources to us all, and yet Wlodeck Bursztyn proved so generous in spending his time and energy on my writings. The opinions he expressed and the various debates we had, often in a genuine forceful Eastern European style, influenced the analyses in this thesis in many respects. I have been very fortunate to have him as a colleague in the Department of Economics, here in Göteborg. The work on this thesis heavily relied on the professional skills that had been nurture

Year: 2002
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