Dear colleagues,


[pardon duplication] Ahead of the academic year, here’s a new book available for adoption for a range of international business / economics / development courses: entitled Transition Economies: Transformation, Development, and Society in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union published by Routledge (Amazon site).


Written in a format accessible to students, experts and non-specialists, this interdisciplinary study offers a unified comprehensive analysis of the economic history of the post-socialist economies of Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.

Structured around ten interconnected chapters and drawing on a wide range of literature, including much of international business research, this book explores the continuous economic and social transformation of the post-socialist world. 


Emphasizing country specifics, the book offers analysis of the emergence of the socialist economic model; adaptations of the model across Eastern Europe and elsewhere; critical review of the 1990s market transition reforms; post-2008 crisis development; and the social and economic diversity across the region today.


The book is available for course adoptions and journal book reviews (review copies for anywhere in the world may be ordered at: )

Some early praise (see all at the web):


“This comprehensive analysis of transition processes is a welcome addition to the transition literature. It is rich in historical analysis and presents a sobering and factually rich presentation of the diverse evolutions in Central and Eastern Europe. A must-read for all those interested in transition and countries of the region.” Gerard Roland, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley

"In his enlightening book, Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan systematically unpacks the nuanced complexities of economic history and social dynamics of the post-socialist Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. This creatively novel exploration will be an interesting and engaging must-read!" - Otaviano Canuto, World Bank Group, Executive Director for Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Philippines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago

“…Professor Gevorkyan has provided a highly analytical and nuanced view of an enormously important topic, but with a framework and writing style that produce a comfortable, as well as valuable, reading experience." - Daniel J. McCarthy, Emeritus University Distinguished Professor and McKim-D’Amore Distinguished Professor of Global Management & Innovation, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, USA


Reference citation and website to the book:

·        Gevorkyan, A..V. 2018. Transition Economies: Transformation, Development, and Society in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Oxford: Routledge.

The author of Transition Economies is Dr. Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, Assistant Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and Finance of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University. 

Please feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues.


Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business,
St. John's University

Senior Research Fellow / Vincentian Center for Church and Society
Research Fellow / Center for Global Business Stewardship
Expert (Economics), Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations

Select recent publications:
  • NEW BOOK: Gevorkyan, A..V. 2018. Transition Economies: Transformation, Development, and Society in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Gevorkyan, A.V. and T. Khemraj. Forthcoming. Exchange rate targeting and gold demand by central banks: modeling international reserves composition. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade.   
  • Gevorkyan, A.V. and T. Khemraj. 2018. How We Learned Not to Say No to Gold… In International Reserves. Development Economics Blog 
  • Gevorkyan, A.V. 2017. The foreign exchange regime in a small open economy: Armenia and beyond. Journal of Economic Studies. Vol. 44(5): 781-800.
  • Gevorkyan, A. V. and Kvangraven, I. H. 2016. Assessing Recent Determinants of Borrowing Costs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Review of Development Economics.  Vol. 20(4): 721-738.
  • Gevorkyan, A.V. and O. Canuto (eds). 2016. Financial Deepening and Post-Crisis Development in Emerging Markets: Current Perils and Future Dawns. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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