Baller, William A.
Poland’s political and economic institutions differed greatly before and after World War Two. This report examines how its inclusive institutions during the interwar period and its extractive institutions under communism impacted Poland’s economy and quality of life. The interwar period perfectly demonstrates how inclusive institutions benefit a nation and its people, while communist Poland thoroughly illustrates how extractive institutions harm a country and its populace. Using both historical evidence and personal accounts by Polish natives, I conclude that Poland was far more successful as an independent nation than under communist rule.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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