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Marie Lavigne Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Economics, taught at the Universities of Strasbourg (1959-69), Paris (1969-91), and Pau (1991-96). At the University of Paris, she chaired the Centre for International Economics of the Socialist Countries, the first academic research unit in France dealing with centrally planned economies. In 1996 she retired from the university and is now Senior Research fellow at ISMEA (Institute for Applied Mathematics and Economics), Paris. She has travelled extensively in Eastern Europe and Russia, both before and after the collapse of the communist regimes. She has written and edited many books and articles on the economics and international economic relations of the area. One of the world's leading authorities on transition she has taught widely in both Europe and North America.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Europe, Eastern Economic policy 1989-Free enterprise Europe, Eastern, Post-communism Europe, Eastern, Democracy Europe, Eastern