Professor Martin Spechler (ret.)

Professor Martin SpechlerEducation:
Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard University, 1971
M.A. in Economics, Harvard University, 1967
B.A., in Social Studies, Harvard College, 1964
Curriculum Vitae

RETIRED December 2010

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.)

Selected Publications:  
  • "The Trouble with Globalization: It Isn’t Global Enough," in B. House-Soremekun and Falola, T., Rethinking Economic Development in the Context of Globalization [tentative title] (University of Rochester, forthcoming)
  • "The Foreign Policy of Uzbekistan," [with Dina R. Spechler] Central Asian Survey, forthcoming.
  • "Is Russia Succeeding in Central Asia?" [with Dina R. Spechler] Orbis, forthcoming.
  • "Can Central Asian Countries Become Emerging Market Economies? Sustainable Recovery and Reform in Central Asia,"  Eastern European Economies, forthcoming
  • "Russia and the Central Asian Economies," Russian analytical Digest, Jan. 2010.
  • "The Five Biggest Questions about the Chinese Economy," Comparative Economic Studies,vol.52,no. 1, March, 2010, pp.1-17.
  • "The International Political Economy of Central Asian Statehood," in Emelian Kavalski, ed. Stable Outside/Fragile Inside?, Ashgate, 2010. [with Dina R. Spechler]
  • "Why China Has No Business in Central Asia," China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, vol. 7, no. 2 (2009), pp. 3-17.
  • "A Reassessment of the Burden of Eastern Europe on the USSR,"Europe-Asia Studies, 61, November, 2009. [with Dina R. Spechler].
  • "Uzbekistan among the Great Powers," Communist and Post-Communist Studies, June, 2009. [with Dina R. Spechler]
  • "Human Rights in Central Asia," Problems of Post-Communism,March 2009.
  • "The Economies of Central Asia: A Survey," Comparative Economic Studies, March, 2008.
  • The Political Economy of Reform in Central Asia, Uzbekistan under Authoritarianism (Routledge, 2008).