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The Second Economy and the Destabilizing Effect of Its Growth on the State Economy in the Soviet Union, 1965-1989


  • Treml, Vladimir G.


The authors suggest that the rapid growth of the illegal underground economy in 1970s and 1980s has destabilized the Soviet state economy and weakened the mechanism of central planning. This hypothesis is advanced on the basis of the examination of striking decline in income (legal) elasticities of demand for a number of consumer goods purchased in state retail trade in Russia and Ukraine. The growth of income from illegal sources and purchases of consumer goods in black markets explains this phenomenon.

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  • Treml, Vladimir G., 1995. "The Second Economy and the Destabilizing Effect of Its Growth on the State Economy in the Soviet Union, 1965-1989," Working Papers 95-33, Duke University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:duk:dukeec:95-33

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    JEL classification:

    • P21 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform
    • P27 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Performance and Prospects
    • P39 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Other


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