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Issues of Price and Subsidy in the Arts in The U.S.S.R


  • Rubinstein Alexander Yakovlevich


Culture is one of the branches of the national economy of the Soviet Union where cost-based relations have not been sufficiently developed, where basic decisions, dictated by the objective requirements of social progress, are made on the basis of social, rather than cost-related criteria. And one of the most notable features in this area is the planned deficit of the majority of arts enterprises. Their unprofitability is conditioned mainly by a specific price setting policy which in turn clearly reflects a particular orientation. A political-economic justification of prices for cultural goods and services is seen to be lacking. The role of producer-consumer relations and of the law of value which governs them are discussed as possible causes. A theoretical justification of the very principles of determining and implementing prices, as well as of their interaction with other elements in producer-consumer relations is outlined

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  • Rubinstein Alexander Yakovlevich, 1987. "Issues of Price and Subsidy in the Arts in The U.S.S.R," Working papers y:1987:a:pru175:n:1, Institute of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:rua:wpaper:y:1987:a:pru175:n:1

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    1. Rubinstein Alexander, 2012. "Studying “Sponsored Goods” in Cultural Sector Symptoms and Consequences of Baumol’s Cost Disease," Creative and Knowledge Society, De Gruyter Open, vol. 2(2), pages 35-57, December.

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    Soviet Union; culture; cost-based relations; price setting policy; governmental support; theory of price;

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    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics


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