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Jan Svejnar

James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy
School: 
International & Public Affairs
Department: 
Economics, Business, International and Public Affairs
Office: 
International Affairs Building, Room 1508
Email: 
js4085@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-0135
Appointments
  • Director, Center on Global Economic Governance
  • Member, Committee on Global Thought
Biography

Jan Svejnar focuses on the effects of government policies on firms, labor and capital markets; corporate, national, and global governance and performance; and entrepreneurship.  Professor Svejnar previously served as director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is a founder and Chairman of CERGE-EI in Prague (an American-style Ph.D. program in economics that educates economists for Central-East Europe and the Newly Independent States). He serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CSOB Bank and co-editor of Economics of Transition. He is a Fellow of the European Economic Association and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (London) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn). From 1996 to 2004, Professor Svejnar was the Executive Director of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. From 1992 to 1997, he served as the Founding Director of the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He also served as Co-Director of the Transition Programme at the Center for Economic Policy Research in London, President of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies, President of the International Association for the Economics of Labor-Management, Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Governing Board member of the European Economic Association, and adviser to policymakers, institutions, and firms.

Research & Other Works
Article
Effects of Labor Reallocation on Productivity and Inequality—Insights from Studies on Transition
Billionaires and Growth
Article
Divestitures, privatization and corporate performance in emerging markets
Article
Employment and wage behaviour of industrial enterprises in transition economies: The cases of Poland and Czechoslovakia
Article
Using vouchers to privatize an economy: the Czech and Slovak case
Article
Cash flow vs. collateral-based credit: Performance of micro, small and medium-sized firms in transition economies
Article
Origin and concentration: Corporate ownership, control and performance in firms after privatization
Article
Rapid and multifaceted privatization: Experience of the Czech and Slovak Republics
Article
Is women's human capital valued more by markets than by planners?
Article
Subsidiary divestiture and acquisition in a financial crisis: Operational focus, financial constraints, and ownership
Article
Wage Determination in Labor-Managed Firms under Market-Oriented Reforms: Estimates of Static and Dynamic Models
Article
Objectives and constraints of entrepreneurs: evidence from small and medium size enterprises in Russia and Bulgaria
Article
Employee participation in management, bargaining power and wages
Article
Priorities and sequencing in privatization: Evidence from Czech firm panel data
Article
Models of modern-sector labor market institutions in developing countries
Article
The determinants of industrial-sector earnings in Senegal
Article
Productivity effects of worker participation in management, profit-sharing, worker ownership of assets and unionization in U.S. firms
Article
The productivity effects of worker participation: Producer cooperatives in western economies
Article
The economics of joint ventures in centrally planned and labor-managed economies
Article
On the theory of a participatory firm
Article
Structural adjustment policies and productive efficiency of socialist enterprises
Working paper
Does Foreign Entry Spur Innovation?
Working paper
Do Billionaires Help or Hurt the Economy?
Working paper
Legal Corruption, Politically Connected Corporate Governance and Firm Performance
Working paper
When Does FDI Have Positive Spillovers? Evidence from 17 Transition Market Economies
Working paper
Incentive Pay and Performance: Insider Econometrics in a Multi-Unit Firm
Working paper
Asset Stripping, Rule of Law and Firm Survival: The Hoff-Stiglitz Model and Mass Privatization in Montenegro
Working paper
Does Wealth Inequality Matter for Growth? The Effect of Billionaire Wealth, Income Distribution, and Poverty
Article
Microeconomic Issues in the Transition to a Market Economy
Article
Unemployment and the Social Safety Net during Transitions to a Market Economy: Evidence from the Czech and Slovak Republics
Article
Enterprise Breakups and Performance During the Transition from Plan to Market
Article
Transition Economies: Performance and Challenges
Article
Investment, Credit Rationing, and the Soft Budget Constraint: Evidence from Czech Panel Data
Article
Returns to Human Capital Under The Communist Wage Grid and During the Transition to a Market Economy
Article
Employment Determination in Enterprises Under Communism and in Transition: Evidence from Central Europe
Article
The Effects of Privatization and Ownership in Transition Economies
Article
Globalization and Innovation in Emerging Markets
Article
Business Environment, Exports, Ownership, and Firm Performance
Article
Foreign Investment, Corporate Ownership, and Development: Are Firms in Emerging Markets Catching Up to the World Standard?
 
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