Master of Science in Physics, Warsaw University, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Warsaw University, 1966.
Assistant lecturer Warsaw University, 1962-1965. Research fellow Aarhus (Denmark) University, 1970. Lecturer, then senior lecturer in economics London School of Economics, 1970-1987, reader in economics, since 1987.
Fellow Netherlands Institute advanced Study, Wassenaar, 1980-1981. Visiting professor University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1984-1985. Scholar Stanford (California) U.-Hoover Institute, 1985.
Senior fellow Columbia University-Harriman Institute, New York City, 1986, Harvard University, Russian Research Center, 1989. Consultant International Monetary Fund, Washington, 1985, joint economic committee, United States Congress, Washington, 1988, European Economic Commission, 1989-1990. Economic adviser to Polish Government, 1989-2002, adviser on economic reform Russian Government, 1991-1992.
Author: Inventive Activity, Diffusion and the Stages of Economic Growth, 1971, Growth, Innovation and Reform in Eastern Europe, 1986, 87, Theory of Technological Change and Economic Growth, 1990, Economic Reforms in the Socialist World, 1989, Polish Peradoxes, 1990, Emerging from Communism: Lessons from Russia, China and Eastern Europe, 1998.
One group of writings are theoretical and empirical studies of the causes of variation in rates of innovation and economic growth among countries and over time, in particular the factors pertaining to the size of international diffusion
of technology, size and dynamics of inventive activities in specific countries, and institutional as well as social factors that influence innovation, diffusion and economic efficiency. Two ‘hatshape’ relationships are suggested to operate. One describes how the innovation rate in the world’s technology frontier changes over time.
It implies that productivity growth will slow down. The other relates the innovation rate to the technological gap for countries behind the technological frontier. It is a cross-country relationship or a growth path for any specific country.
Most of my other papers are studies of economic growth, innovation, crises phenomena and institutional reforms in centrally-planned economies of Eastern Europe and the USSR. Specific topics include Soviet growth slowdown in the post-1945 period, growth implications of the West-East technology transfer, price inflexibility and soft budget constraint in explaining the shortage and inefficiency phenomena and crisis and economic reform in Poland.
Member Royal Economic Society, European Economic Society.
Married Joanna Majerczyk, January 26, 1964. 1 child, Michael.