János Mátyás Kovács (1950, Budapest) graduated at the Karl Marx University of Economics, Budapest in 1973. He defended his doctoral dissertation (dr. oec) on “The Market Economy of the NEP” at the same university in 1975. In 1973, he became a research fellow at the Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. Since 1984, he has taught history of economic thought as well as political economy of communism and the post-communist transformation at various departments of Eötvös Loránd University and Karl Marx University of Economics (today: Corvinus University) in Budapest. In 1987, Kovacs moved to Vienna, and has worked as a Permanent Fellow at the IWM since 1991, while remaining an external research fellow of the Institute of Economics in Budapest until 2014. Since 2009, he has taught history of economic thought at the Department of Economics, Eötvös Loránd University again. He serves as an editor of Transit (Vienna) and 2000 (Budapest).
Research Focus at the IWM:
Fields of Research:
- History of Economic Thought in Eastern Europe
- History of Communist Economies
- Political Economy of New Capitalism in Eastern Europe
- Economic Cultures after Communism
- Institutional Economics
- Between Bukharin and Balcerowicz: A Comparative History of Economic Thought under Communism: www.triple-b-project.net
- CAPITO – Understanding Nascent Capitalism in Eastern Europe
- DIOSCURI: Eastern Enlargement – Western Enlargement
- NEUJOBS: Creating and Adapting Jobs in Europe in the Context of the Socio-Ecological Transition
“Travelling Back in Time? Job Quality in Europe As Seen from Below”, in: Miroslav Beblavy et al (eds.): The Future of Labour in Europe, Brussels: CEPS, 2014 (see also IWMpost112).
“Tradition, Nachamung, Erfindung. Neue Kapitalismen in Osteuropa“, in: Transit 43, 2013.
“Shooting Sparrows with a Cannon? On the History of Eastern European Economic Thought (1917-1989)“ [in Hungarian], in: 2000, May/June 2013.
Capitalism from Outside? Economic Cultures in Eastern Europe After 1989 (co-edited with Violetta Zentai), Budapest / New York: CEU Press, 2012.
“Beyond Basic Instinct? On the Reception of New Institutional Economics in Eastern Europe”, in: J.M. Kovacs and Violetta Zentai (eds), Capitalism from Outside? Economic Cultures in Eastern Europe after 1989, Budapest / New York: CEU Press, 2012.
“Importing Spiritual Capital. East-West Encounters and Capitalist Cultures in Eastern Europe after 1989”, in: Peter Berger and Gordon Redding (eds.): The Hidden Form of Capital, London: Anthem Press, 2010.
Former affiliations at the IWM:
1987-90, Visiting Fellow