The Twentieth Anniversary of Fundamental Market Reforms in Poland : What Have We Achieved; What Have We Learnt?
The second festival Days of Poznań University of Economics (PUE) marking the anniversary of granting the university status took place on 20-21 January 2010. The PUE Days 2010 was a special event as the celebration coincided with the twentieth anniversary of the introduction of fundamental economic reforms in Poland. The PUE welcomed a special guest - Professor Leszek Balcerowicz, a holder of the PUE honorary doctorate, the prime author of the stabilization program and the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in charge of economic policy in the government of Tadeusz Mazowiecki twenty years ago. Professor Balcerowicz delivered a lecture on " Economic transformation in Eastern Europe: Conclusions after 20 years of experience", and held a meeting with students during which he talked about the current economic crisis and its impact on the Polish economy. Professor Marian Gorynia, the President of the University, chaired a debate in the main Auditorium entitled " Polish economic transformation 20 years later" during the PUE Days. The speakers included Professors Bogusław Fiedor, Stanisław Gomułka, Krzysztof Jajuga, Tadeusz Kowalski, Witold Orłowski, and Andrzej Wojtyna. An exhibition presented publications by the PUE researchers focused on the market reforms of 1989-1990 was also held in the main University building. The PUE Days ended with the presentation of an honorary doctorate to Professor Stanisław Gomułka - a distinguished Polish economist and co-author of the market reforms in Poland. The PUE Senate awarded the honorary doctorate in recognition of Professor Gomulka's eminent contribution to the development of economic science, in particular macroeconomics, comparative economics and growth theory, and his role in preparation and execution of market reforms in Poland. The ceremony was attended by numerous representatives of Polish universities and the business world as well as the local government officials. Professor Gomułka presented a special lecture on his many years of research in the field of economic growth mechanisms. He stressed the need of having two different classes of theories of economic growth, namely, one for technologically advanced countries, and another one for the economies striving to catch up. Professor Gomulka underlined the role of economic policies fostering the innovation absorption capacity in countries, which attempt to close the technology gap. He also outlined the long-term specific trends of changes in growth conditions and innovation processes in the global economy. (original abstract)