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Comparative Productivity: The USSR, Eastern Europe, and the West

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    This paper compiles comparative measures of output per worker in 1975 in four socialist and seven Western market economy (WME) countries, and explores sources of observed differences between the two groups of countries in that regard. Such differences seem explicable only partially by reference to differences in per worker capital stock and farm land. A residual disparity of 25 to 34 percent in favor of WME countries appears to testify to superior efficiency in the latter. Copyright 1987 by American Economic Association.

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    Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 77 (1987)
    Issue (Month): 3 (June)
    Pages: 342-57

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    Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:77:y:1987:i:3:p:342-57

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    1. Alberto, Chilosi, 2012. "The economic system as an end or as a means and the future of socialism: an evolutionary viewpoint," MPRA Paper 37828, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Ark, Bart van, 2000. "Economic growth and labour productivity in Europe: half a century of East-West comparisons," Research Report 00C01, University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management).
    3. Peter Hooper & Kathryn A. Larin, 1988. "International comparisons of labor costs in manufacturing," International Finance Discussion Papers 330, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
    4. Bayarsaihan, T. & Coelli, T. J., 2003. "Productivity growth in pre-1990 Mongolian agriculture: spiralling disaster or emerging success?," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 28(2), pages 121-137, March.
    5. Kim, Byung-Yeon & Kim, Suk Jin & Lee, Keun, 2007. "Assessing the economic performance of North Korea, 1954-1989: Estimates and growth accounting analysis," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 564-582, September.
    6. Rutkowski, Michael, 1995. "Workers in transition," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1556, The World Bank.

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