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Second Thoughts? Economics and Economists under Socialism


  • Wagener, Hans-Jurgen


The paper results from interviewing among economists in Central and Eastern Europe. It shows an inside view of the profession under communism. Results depend upon period and country. Poland and Hungary did not lose contact with the West, while Russia and the GDR and also Czechoslovakia after 1968 isolated themselves completely. Russia had its planning theory. In the GDR, strict political control and dogmatism led to sterility. Reform thinking grew in the 1980s, with the exception of the GDR and Russia. Asked about the lasting contribution of economics under communism, respondents were pessimistic: rather the abortive practice of Soviet-type planning taught a lesson than theoretical developments of the period. Copyright 1997 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG

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  • Wagener, Hans-Jurgen, 1997. "Second Thoughts? Economics and Economists under Socialism," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(2), pages 165-187.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:50:y:1997:i:2:p:165-87

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    1. Czarny Bogusław, 2014. "On Economics in Poland in 1949-1989: Introduction," International Journal of Management and Economics, Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of World Economy, vol. 41(1), pages 92-112, March.

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