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On the Backwardness in Macroeconomic Performance of European Socialist Economies

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  • Laurent Weill

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This paper aims to compare the macroeconomic performance of three European socialist economies (Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia) with developing and developed countries during the eighties. Using panel data for 87 countries, we measure macroeconomic performance with two frontier efficiency techniques: the stochastic frontier approach, and the time-varying WITHIN model proposed by Cornwell, Schmidt and Sickles (1990). We conclude in favor of the underperformance of socialist countries in relation to developed countries but also to developing countries, which may be explained by the features of the socialist economic system.

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  • Laurent Weill, 2004. "On the Backwardness in Macroeconomic Performance of European Socialist Economies," Working Papers of LaRGE Research Center 2004-06, Laboratoire de Recherche en Gestion et Economie (LaRGE), Universit√© de Strasbourg.
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    1. Whitesell, Robert S, 1985. "The Influence of Central Planning on the Economic Slowdown in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Production Function Analysis," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 52(206), pages 235-244, May.
    2. Laurent Weill, 2004. "Measuring Cost Efficiency in European Banking: A Comparison of Frontier Techniques," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 21(2), pages 133-152, March.
    3. Robert S Whitesell, 1994. "Industrial Growth and Efficiency in the United States and the Former Soviet Union," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 36(4), pages 47-77, December.
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    Keywords

    Productivity analysis; socialist system; stochastic frontier approach; growth.;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General

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