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Vito Tanzi
Peoples, Places and Policies: China, Japan and Southeast Asia

Peoples, places and Policies: China, Japan and Southeast Asia By Vito Tanzi

ISBN13: 978-0-9795576-5-1
ISBN 0-9795576-5-8                       Retail price $19.95


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"Vito Tanzi’s personal account of the breathtaking changes in China in the last two decades is riveting, illuminating, and thought-provoking.  It provides a valuable perspective on how to place China’s economic progress in a proper historical and global context.   It should be required reading for all those interested in understanding contemporary Chinese development."

--- Minxin Pei,

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Senior Associate and Director of the China Program

In this panoramic account of the Asian economic history and social and cultural scenes in the past 20 years, Vito Tanzi takes the reader on a journey back to his seminars with senior officials in Beijing preparing for China’s massive economic and social transformation, the fateful IMF-World Bank annual meetings in Hong Kong in the midst of the gathering storms of the rising Asian financial crisis, and a quiet stroll to small antique shops along winding Insadong alleys in Seoul in the aftermath of the crisis.  Rich with anecdotes from Tanzi’s extensive trips to Asia as a senior IMF official, the volume brings to life a world in which policy ideas flow freely across political and cultural borders.

Ke-young Chu

Visiting Professor

Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

"To understand the future of Asia is always useful to study the past. This book gives the reader a very interesting and informative guide to Asian countries including Japan based on his personal experience at the IMF and academic background of public finance. This book explains well how Japanese society, government, and people have changed in the recent 20 years.  The book is also a good read.  The examples are fascinating and the writing is excellent. "

Professor Toshihiro Ihori,

Professor of Economics

University of Tokyo.

“Vito Tanzi has produced a lovely and insightful book with astute observations on life, society and economy in East Asia. This philosophical and intelligent travel book is a delightful read. You learn a lot with ease, enjoying yourself with Tanzi’s wonderful sense of humor.”

Anders Åslund

Author of Russia’s Capitalist Revolution and How Capitalism Was Built.

 "This book provides a colorful set of observations on cultural, human and economic aspects of several East Asian economies that the author has visited over the years: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Indonesia. Tanzi is a distinguished Italian economist with a long experience as director of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF."

Masahiro Kawai

Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute


Praise for V. Tanzi’s Book onArgentina.

Vito Tanzi has done it again. This book combines an intriguing prose, full of anecdotes and rich personal memoirs of Vito's many trips to Argentina, with serious economic analysis from a first class economist. …Vito has come to understand very well Argentina's idiosyncrasy, institutions and the nature of the protracted fiscal problems, and explains how these have lead over time to major macroeconomic volatility, stagnation, and repeated crises. This book is particularly useful for the general public …

Domingo Cavallo, Former Finance Minister of Argentina


Vito Tanzi [book] is an invaluable document … of the dramatic fall of Argentina as the leading Latin American economy. …[show] .. the complicity of the IMF and of Argentine policy makers in the design of the disastrous fiscal policies that led to its huge debt default … It should be required reading for policy makers and for all those who love that wonderful country …

Francisco Gil- Diaz, Former Finance Minister of Mexico


Explaining the reversals of economic fortunes in Argentina during the 20th is a challenge for economists and social observers in general. After being one of most dynamic and vibrant economies in the late 19th century and early 20th century, …, the country started to travel a road of economic instability, stagnant and erratic growth and collapse of democracy. In this new and lucid book Vito Tanzi, drawing on 40 years of direct personal knowledge and field experience with Argentina, ….This book, … is a must reading for anyone interested in understanding the Argentina of today and yesterday. Highly recommended.

Andrés Solimano

Regional Advisor UN-ECLAC. Former Country Director at the World Bank and Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank.


Tanzi helps us understand the Argentinean crisis, but also this unique country. This is not a book written only for economists.

Francesco Giavazzi,

 Bocconi University, Milan



"For 27 years, Vito Tanzi was a senior staff member of the International Monetary Fund. He was the director of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF. He also was as Undersecretary for Economy and Finance in the Italian Government. A professional economist with a PhD from Harvard, he is considered a leading expert in fiscal policy. The author of many books and hundreds of articles in professional journals, he has given a named "effect" to economics, the "Tanzi Effect". He has been a consultant to many international organizations including the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the

Inter-American Development Bank.

In 1994 he was President of the International Institute of Public Finance of which he is now Honorary President.






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The Boy Inside the Letter


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Una Lectura Posible

Luz de Vitral

SeaSick. Gloria Nagy

Theatrum Anatomicum

To War in a Red Subaru

The Juvenal Players

Improving Personal Relationships

What in the World

Why I Can't Make Money


La Decepción

American Suite

Russian Bears

Education for Socially Egaged Art

School of Panamerican Unrest

Art Scenes

Onda Corta

He has Elan

The Parabole Conference