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  Unit Two: Overview | Poland & Bolivia | Shock Therapy & Economic Indicators | Russia


  Exercise: Tracking the Effects of Shock Therapy through Economic Indicators


  Reading/Viewing Assignment

  Use information contained in Country Reports data graphs (supplemented by Country Report text) to describe the consequences of "shock therapy" in Bolivia and Poland as reflected in the economic indicators. Use the table below to organize your findings.

  The Cases of Bolivia (1985) and Poland (1990)

 
IndicatorBolivia
Start in 1985
Poland
Start in 1990
Growth  
Income  
Inflation  
Spending  
Trade Volume  
Unemployment  


  Now try the same exercise for Peru (starting in 1990) and Brazil (starting in 1994). Use the table below to organize your findings.

  The Cases of Peru (1990) and Brazil (1994)

 
IndicatorPeru
Start in 1990
Brazil
Start in 1994
Growth  
Income  
Inflation  
Spending  
Trade Volume  
Unemployment  


  Questions for Reflection and Debate

 
  1. Do you see trends that are consistent with the expected impacts of "shock therapy?" What are they? Do you see patterns that you would not expect? What are they?


  2. Review the historical narratives in the country reports, and see if you can identify factors that might account for your unexpected findings.


  3. What were the significant successes and problems attendant on shock therapy as implemented in Bolivia and in Poland?


  Answer key

  Unit Two: Overview | Poland & Bolivia | Shock Therapy & Economic Indicators | Russia


 
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