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Determinants of Soviet Household Income

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  • Kenneth Smith
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    World Values Survey data are used to examine household income in the Soviet Union. The data, gathered Summer/Fall 1990, provide a rare opportunity to empirically examine microeconomic factors influencing a Soviet household's position in the regional/national income distribution. The survey contains data - collected regionally - from the three Baltic republics, Belarus, and the Moscow region. The data indicate certain patterns that existed and determined Soviet household income though there are often considerable regional variations. Further, there are marked differences between income distribution determinants in the Soviet Union and the U.S. and West Germany though similarities exist as well.

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    Article provided by Cattaneo University (LIUC) in its journal The European Journal of Comparative Economics.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (June)
    Pages: 3-24

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    Handle: RePEc:liu:liucej:v:4:y:2007:i:1:p:3-24

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    Keywords: Income distribution; Household income; Soviet Union;

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