Monthly Report No. 09/2022


Grzegorz W. Kolodko, Ambre Maucorps, Olga Pindyuk and Roman Römisch

wiiw Monthly Report No. 9, September 2022
48 pages including 31 Figures

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  • Chart of the Month: Taking stock of the COVID-19 pandemic
    by Olga Pindyuk
  • Opinion Corner: A third of a century of economic transformation
    by Grzegorz W. Kolodko
    Although a third of a century has passed since the Polish Round Table and the fall of the Berlin Wall, we do not know when the post-socialist political and economic transformation really began – or whether it is already over. All things considered, it has proved a great and historic success, even if the scale of it has varied across different countries. Alternative measures of living standards that go beyond GDP suggest that the gap between post-socialist countries and the West may now be smaller than is customarily believed.
  • Economic and environmental convergence in the EU
    by Roman Römisch
    Economic convergence is a topic widely discussed in the EU cohesion policy debate, while environmental convergence is a new term, born out of the substantial variations in greenhouse gas emissions across regions and the EU’s aim of becoming climate neutral by 2050. In this article, we ask whether economic convergence is compatible with environmental convergence. Our answer is not necessarily optimistic.
  • Phasing out coal? A challenge to European territorial cohesion in times of energy crisis
    by Ambre Maucorps
    A shift away from coal in favour of sustainable energy sources has been promoted by the European Commission as an essential step towards achieving climate neutrality by 2050. But the energy crisis now unfolding in the wake of Russia’s war in Ukraine and the use of locally extracted solid fossil fuels as an alternative to natural gas could render the EU’s low-carbon transition ambitions unrealistic – unless EU countries maintain their phase-out plans and show greater solidarity with the regions and communities likely to be most affected.
  • Monthly and quarterly statistics for Central, East and Southeast Europe


Reference to wiiw databases: wiiw Annual Database, wiiw Monthly Database

Keywords: new COVID-19 cases, COVID-19 related deaths, excess mortality, transition outcomes, catching up, inequality-adjusted human development index, economic convergence, environmental convergence, carbon intensity of output, energy crisis, European Green Deal, coal phaseout

Countries covered: CESEE, European Union

Research Areas: Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy, Regional Development, Sectoral studies