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Martin Myant

Associate Researcher

Martin Myant graduated in Economics from the University of Cambridge in 1971 and completed a PhD in modern Czechoslovak history at the University of Glasgow in 1978. He taught Economics from 1978 to 2012. His main research has been on Eastern and Central Europe, especially the former Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland, following economic and political development through state socialism to the transformation period and the effects of, and policy responses to, the economic crisis since 2008. He has coordinated projects involving researchers from several European countries, following strategies for economic transformation and their implications for economic competitiveness, and also written on the development and policies of trade unions in the Czech Republic.

Areas of activity

Economic, employment and social policies; impact of economic crisis and differing policy responses


English, Czech, French, German

Main publications or courses
  1. Müller T., Vandaele K., Waddington J., Collective bargaining in Europe: towards an endgame. Volume I, volume II, volume III and volume IV, ETUI 2019
  2. Why are wages still lower in eastern and central Europe?, ETUI 2018
  3. The impact of trade and investment agreements on decent work and sustainable development, ETUI 2017
  4. Unit labour costs: no argument for low wages in eastern and central Europe, ETUI 2016
  5. Juncker's investment plan: a start, but we need more, ETUI 2015
  6. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: exaggerated hopes from the liberalising agenda?, ETUI 2014
  7. Why have some countries become more unemployed than others? An investigation of changes in unemployment in EU member states since 2008, ETUI 2014
  8. International integration, varieties of capitalism, and resilience to crisis in transition economies (with J. Drahokoupil), Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 64, No.1, pp.1-33, January 2012
  9. Transition Economies: Political Economy in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (with J. Drahokoupil), Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  10. The Czechoslovak Economy 1948-1988: The Battle for Economic Reform, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989 (paperback, 2010).
  11. The Rise and Fall of Czech Capitalism: Economic Development in the Czech Republic Since 1989, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2003
  12. Transforming Socialist Economies: The Case of Poland and Czechoslovakia, Aldershot: Edward Elgar, 1993.