Friday, December 21, 2012

Books read recently

Ranked from * to ***:

  1. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (***)
  2. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby (**)
  3. Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens by Christopher Hitchens (**)
  4. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (**)
  5. The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph E. Stiglitz (***)
  6. Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Probabilities and Statistics on Everything You Do by Kaiser Fung (**)
  7. Deception: The Untold Story of East-West Espionage Today by Edward Lucas (***)
  8. Parkinson's Law by C. Northcote Parkinson (*)
  9. Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Why Public Efforts to Boost Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Have Failed--and What to Do About It (Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) byJoshua Lerner (**)
  10. Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland (***)

Doing Business 2013: Poland in the Global Top 10

On December 19, I gave a presentation on the World Bank's "Doing Business 2013: Poland in the Global Top 10" as part of the TIGER Seminar Series.

I explained how Poland became the global No. 1 in improving the business environment last year. Quite an achievement! I am proud to have played a role in it.

Click for more on the Doing Business ranking and Poland's performance.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

My article in "Gazeta Wyborcza" on Doing Business

Gazeta Wyborcza, a leading Polish daily newspaper, published an article co-authored by me on how to further improve Polish ranking in the World Bank's Doing Business report.

This comes after Poland was classified in the No. 1 place among the fastest reformers globally in Doing Business 2013, catapulting Poland into a 55th place overall.

I bet that Poland will soon enter the top 50, and will end up in the top 30 within the next couple of years. I will be happy to have contributed to this achievement.