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Book Translations as Idea Flows: The Effects of the Collapse of Communism on the Diffusion of Knowledge

  • Ran Abramitzky

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    (Stanford University and NBER)

  • Isabelle Sin

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    (Motu Economic and Public Policy Research)

We use book translations as a new measure of international idea flows and study the effects of Communism’s collapse in Eastern Europe on these flows. Using novel data on 800,000 translations and difference-in-differences approaches, we show that while translations between Communist languages decreased by two thirds with the collapse, Western-to-Communist translations increased by a factor of five and quickly converged to Western levels. Convergence was more complete in more economically-useful fields such as the sciences, and was more complete in Satellite than in Soviet countries. These findings help us understand how institutions shape the international diffusion of knowledge.

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Paper provided by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in its series Working Papers with number 12-05.

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Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: May 2012
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