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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

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Hilary Appel

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This thesis examines the economic reforms undertaken by Poland and the Czech Republic during the 1990s transition period. It seeks to ultimately differentiate reform quality between the Czech Republic and Poland in terms of well-being. The basis of reform success is determined using a quality of life scale that spans economic, health, and environmental indicators. Reform quality is then assessed based on improvements in well-being, instead of high-level economic metrics that often evaluate in a manner that fails to capture individual citizen sentiment. From this point, it is possible to determine which transitioning country underwent the most optimal reform process in aggregate with a corresponding breakdown of each indicator. The ultimate hope is that other transitioning countries can learn from Poland and the Czech Republic’s experimentation and carry forth policies that intentionally take into account quality of life.