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János Kornai ...................(see more on www.kornai-janos.hu)

János Kornai is Allie S. Freed Professor of Economics Emeritus at Harvard University, Permanent Fellow Emeritus of Collegium Budapest - Institute for Advanced Study, and Distinguished Research Professor at the Central European University in Budapest.

He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the European Academy, and Foreign Member of the American, British, Bulgarian, Finnish, Russian and Swedish Academies. He has served as President of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association, and of the International Economic Association. He has received the highest Hungarian prizes for scholarship, as well as the Seidman Award (USA), the Humboldt Prize (Germany), and the Leontief Medal (Russia). He has also become Officer of the Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur (France). He has received honorary doctorates from 14 universities.

János Kornai's research has focused on the critical analysis of the socialist system and post-socialist transition. After the collapse of socialism in Eastern Europe his attention has partly turned to economic policy, especially to macroeconomic problems and the reform of the welfare state. His best known works are Overcentralization in Economic Administration (1957), Anti-Equilibrium (1971), Economics of Shortage (1980), The Road to a Free Economy (1990), The Socialist System: The Political Economy of Communism (1992), Highway and Byways (1995), Struggle and Hope (1997), Welfare, Choice, and Solidarity in Transition (co-author Karen Eggleston, 2001), By Force of Thought: Irregular Memoirs of an Intellectual Journey (2006), From Socialism to Capitalism (2008). His works have been translated into more than twenty languages.

At Collegium Budapest he was the co-director of the Reforming the State (1997-1998, with Stephan Haggard and Robert R. Kaufman) and Honesty and Trust (2001-2003, with Susan Rose-Ackerman) focus groups.


News, events


János Kornai has been awarded the highest Hungarian state decoration

March the 15th, the Hungarian national holiday, is the traditional occasion when the Hungarian president awards state decorations in the building of the Hungarian parliament. This year the highest state decoration, the Grand Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, was awarded to János Kornai. The official announcement emphasizes "his life achievement and internationally acknowledged results in researching the theory and performance of economic systems."


Russian award for János Kornai

János Kornai was awarded the Leontief Medal, named after Nobel laureate Russian-born American economist Wassily Leontief, in St. Petersburg on February 13, 2010. At the ceremony the influence of his work on the views of Russian economists was emphasized in the laudation speeches. "Kornai's 1980 book Economics of Shortage opened the eyes of Russian economists", one of the speakers pointed out. After receiving the medal János Kornai gave a talk on "Leontief, mathematical planning: Dreams and reality". (Read more on the event here.)


János Kornai congratulates Jinglian Wu

Professor Jinglian Wu, the most significant and most influential economist in mainland China, was celebrated on his 80th birthday at a two-day celebration conference in Beijing on January 26-27, 2010. János Kornai sent his celebrating greetings in a video message. His lecture was presented by his former Harvard student Professor Chenggang Xu (Hong Kong University). (Read more on the event here.)


Recent books

  • From Socialism to Capitalism. In English. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2008.
  • In Hungarian (2007): Szocializmus, kapitalizmus, demokrácia és rendszerváltás. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó.
  • By Force of Thought: Irregular Memoirs of an Intellectual Journey. In English. Cambridge, Massachusetts-London, England: The MIT Press, 2007.
  • In Hungarian (2005) A gondolat erejével: Rendhagyó önéletrajz. Budapest: Osiris Kiadó.
    In Japanese (2006) Korunai Yanoshu Jiden. Tokyo: Nippon-Hyoron-Sha.
    In Russian (2007) СИЛОЙ МЫСЛИ: Неординарные воспоминания об одном интеллектуальном путешествии. Москва, Логос.
    In Polish (2008) Siła idei: Zapiski z podróży intelektualnej. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar.
    In Vietnamese (2008) BẰNG SỨC MẠNH TƯ DUY: Tiểu sử tự thuật đặc biệt. Hanoi: Nhà xuất bản Thanh Hóa.
    In Chinese (2009) 思想的力量:學術探索之旅的另類自傳 雅諾什 ‧ 科爾奈 (János Kornai) 著、刁琳琳譯
    Find more information about the memoirs here.
  • Welfare, Choice and Solidarity in Transition: Reforming the Health Sector in Eastern Europe, co-author Karen Eggleston, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Also in Hungarian (1998, 2004), in Vietnamese (2002) in Polish (2002), in Chinese (2003).
  • Paying the Bill for Goulash-Communism. Vol.  II. of the Series: Evolution of the Hungarian Economy 1848-1988. New York: Atlantic Research and Publications and Columbia University Press, 2000.
  • Struggle and Hope. Essays on Stabilization and Reform in a Post-Socialist Economy. Chaltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 1997. Collection of selected essays, mostly overlapping with Struggle and Hope also in Hungarian (1996), Slovak (1998), Polish (1998), Bulgarian (1998), Romanian (2000), and French (2001)
  • Highway and Byways. Studies on Socialist Reform and Postsocialist Transition. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1995. Also in Hungarian (1993), German (1996), and Arabic (1999).
  • The Socialist System. The Political Economy of Communism. Princeton: Princeton University Press and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. In Hungarian (1993), German (1995), French (1996), Bulgarian (1996) Russian (2000) and Vietnamese (2002), Chinese (2007).
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