Professor Spechler's research field is comparative economic systems. He investigates the economies of different countries (developed capitalist, communist, emerging, and under-developed) and compares them to each other at a point in time, and to themselves over time.
His recent research has been on the transitional economies of the former Soviet bloc. He is currently using these countries to explain why some countries agree to form regional economic trading groups (blocs) and why others resist efforts to integrate their economies with a broader group.
Spechler is the only American economist working full-time on the economies of post-Soviet Central Asia. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the Global Development Network, USAID, and other U.S. governmental agencies. He is also Book Review Editor for Comparative Economic Studies. His new book The Political Economy of Reform in Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Its Neighbors will be published soon by Routledge (U.K.)
- Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard University, 1971
- M.A. in Economics, Harvard University, 1967
- B.A., in Social Studies, Harvard College, 1964
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Indiana - Bloomington Student Chapter
February 22, 2010