The Knowledge-Based Economy in Transition Countries is a collection of papers from the Anglo-Polish Colloquium "The Knowledge-Based Economy in Central and East European Countries: Exploring the New Policy and Research Agenda" held at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) in April 2003 and organised by the then Polish Postdoctoral Fellow at SSEES, Krzysztof Piech.
The volume concentrates on two broad issues: human capital and innovation, together with chapters on international comparisons among transition countries and the European Union. The question asked is: will transition countries be a large burden to European communities, or will they facilitate the goal of the Union, established in 2000 in Lisbon - to become by 2010 the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world?
In response, the papers focus on methodologies of measurement of knowledge-based economies, with special reference to transition countries that recently joined the EU, innovations and technology transfer in Central and East European counties and Russia, and education and human resources in candidate countries especially in Poland compared to the EU members states.
Contributors include Antoni Kukliński, Wojciech Burzyński, Slavo Radosević, David Dyker, Stephen Coleman, Elizabeth Frazer, Helen Hardman and George Blazyca.
Dr Krzysztof Piech, works in the Department of Economic Policy, Warsaw School of Economics. He specialises in the knowledge-based economy as well as business cycles, with particular reference to policy matters. He is a member of the Centre for the Study of Economic and Social Change in Europe at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies - University College London.