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Professor of economics and a key architect of Polish reforms. A university lecturer, researcher and author of numerous academic books and research papers; the most often quoted Polish economist (h-Index 40). As the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance of Poland in 1994-97, he led Poland into the OECD. Holding the same position in 2002-03, he played a leading role in Poland’s integration with the European Union. The founder and Director of TIGER – Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research www.tiger.edu.pl – at the Kozminski University in Warsaw. Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, Academia Europaea, Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences.
After graduating from Warsaw School of Economics in 1972 and gaining his Ph.D. in 1976, he lectured at the same university and was appointed to a Chair of Economics in 1984. In 1985-86 Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. In 1982-88 Advisor to the Governor of National Bank of Poland. Participant of the historic ‘Round Table’ negotiations in 1989, which led to the first post-communist government in Eastern Europe. He was a Member of the Economic Council of the Polish Government in 1989-91.
Research Fellow at the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research, WIDER, in Helsinki in 1988, 1989, and 2002. In 1989-93 the Director of the Research Institute of Finance, Warsaw. He was a consultant to the International Monetary Fund Research Department in 1991 and 2000, and to the Fiscal Policy Department in 1992 and 1999. In 1994 Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Finance and Monetary Policy in Tokyo. In 1997-98 appointed to the Sasakawa Chair and Distinguished Research Professor in Development Policy at WIDER. In 1998 Visiting Fellow at the World Bank and Senior Research Fellow at Yale University. Winner of numerous prizes for research and teaching activities, awarded a dozen Doctorates Honoris Causa.
An author and editor of 59 books and numerous articles and research papers, published in 26 languages, including over 260 in English. Major books in English include: “The Quest for Development Success: Bridging Theoretical Reasoning with Economic Practice”, Rowman & Littlefield 2021; “China and the Future of Globalization: The Political Economy of China’s Rise”, Bloomsbury I.B. Tauris 2020; “Whither the World: The Political Economy of the Future”, Palgrave Macmillan 2014; “Truth, Errors and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World”, Columbia University Press 2011; “The World Economy and Great Post-Communist Change”, Nova Science 2006; “Globalization and Catching-up In Transition Economies”, University of Rochester Press 2002 (published in 12 languages); “From Shock to Therapy: The Political Economy of Postsocialist Transformation”, Oxford University Press 2000; “Post-Communist Transition: The Thorny Road”, the University of Rochester Press 2000.
Courses and seminars held in political economy, economic policy, comparative economics, development policy, public finance, and economics and politics of post-communist transformation at the Warsaw School of Economics and Kozminski University, as well as at several other universities, particularly in the United States of America – Yale, UCLA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Rochester, NY – and has led various research projects and lectured in a number of foreign institutes and universities throughout the world, recently mostly in China.
Married. Wife – Alicja – is the leading editor of Polish academic periodical “Business Administration Quarterly”. Two daughters: Julia (Ph.D., behavioural sciences, Warwick University) and Gabriela (graduate of Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts). The interests and hobbies include traveling (explored 168 countries and visited Antarctica), the natural world, classical music, contemporary literature and, in sporting activities, swimming and marathon running (50 marathons finished, the best time 3:38.22).