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Poverty and Inequality in Eastern Europe and the CIS Transition Economies

  • Mihaly Simai
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    This paper deals with the causes and consequences of inequality and poverty in the countries east of the new frontiers of the European Union, mainly with the CIS countries. Poverty and inequalities in the former socialist countries were partly mitigated by the social policies of the state. The transition processes, however, have resulted in new distributions of income and wealth. The new structural sources of poverty and inequalities have often been more extreme. Some CIS countries have moderated poverty, which nonetheless persists in most CIS countries, in spite of some economic improvements.

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    Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 17.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:17
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