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Soft Budget Constraints and Predatory States

  • Mehrdad Vahabi

    (Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Paris 8, Paris, France)

The concept of the soft budget constraint (SBC) was initially formulated by economist Janos Kornai in the context of socialist economies. I argue that the SBC can be regarded as the political economy of a predatory state in both the so-called socialist and capitalist economies. The hard budget constraint (HBC) is not related to an ideal competitive market economy but to a household level budget constraint, particularly by salaried members of the population in both types of economies. JEL codes: D20, E20, P2, P5

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Article provided by Union for Radical Political Economics in its journal Review of Radical Political Economics.

Volume (Year): 44 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 468-483

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