Christian de Boissieu

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Christian de Boissieu is a French economist who has advised the CIS (former Soviet Republics) in its shock therapy transition from protected/managed economies to open capitalist economists. C. de Boissieu is (2012) chairman of the Council of Economic Analysis, which advises France's prime minister François Fillon.[1]

Shock Therapy: CIS

Renaud Lambert reports:

Christian de Boissieu tells people: “Between 1992 and 1998, I spent part of my time in Moscow”. With Daniel Cohen, Jacques Delpla and Charles Wyplosz, he took part in the European Union's programme of technical assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States (Tacis) which aimed, in de Boissieu’s words, to “help Russia move from a collectivist or communist system to a market economy”.
In January 2009, The Lancet published an analysis of the impact on mortality of economic policies adopted by Russia in the early 1990s. It said that the population had “lost nearly five years of life expectancy between 1991 and 1994,” and concluded that this decline was a direct result of “economic strategies … used to build capitalism out of communism”. Those strategies were suggested by French “money doctors” among others.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Renaud Lambert, A deadly cure, Le monde diplomatique, March 2012.
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