Author: Jenny Simon, SITE
When transitioning to a free-market economy, do people adapt to the new circumstances immediately? Undoubtedly, major shifts in the political system do not escape people’s notice. They often follow extended demonstrations, spectacular coups d’état or even violent uprising. However, the changes in economic institutions that go along with such transitions, and their implications for optimal economic behavior, although fundamental, may not be apparent immediately. The German reunification provides the opportunity to study this learning process.