Central Europe's resilience

03/12/2013

Krzysztof Bledowski, Ph.D., senior economist
The Great Recession of 2008-2009 hit the European economies hard, and the continent's incomplete recovery was interrupted by renewed weakness in early 2012. Just over a third of the EU member states found themselves in a second downturn and almost half of industrial economies met a technical definition of recession, i.e., two consecutive quarters of decline. Yet parts of Central Europe fared better than even Germany or Austria. Why did emerging economies, which in the past had been more susceptible to contagion during crises, turn out to be more resilient? Issues in Brief

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