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Re-Evaluation of Welfare Changes During the Transition in Poland

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  • Huffman, Sonya K.
  • Johnson, Stanley R.

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The costs of shortages/rationing are not captured by standard consumer price indices. Thus the change in real GDP per capita is an over estimate of welfare losses in transition economies. In this study virtual prices are used to calculate new cost of living indices, making it possible to construct more accurate pre- and postreform welfare comparisons. The results for Poland using virtual prices show 62-84 percent decline in welfare over the transition 1987-92. This welfare loss is approximately one-third the value obtained using actual prices.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 11157.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2002
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Publication status: Published in Post-Communist Economies 2002, vol. 14 no. 1, pp. 31-46
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:11157

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  1. Huffman, Sonya Kostova & Ishdorj, Ariun & Jensen, Helen H., 2005. "Consumer Choices and Welfare Gains from New, Healthy Products: A Virtual Price Approach," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19351, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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