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The Soviet Economy, 1917-1991 : Its Life and Afterlife

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  • Harrison, Mark

    (Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, University of Warwick ; Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham)

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In terms of economic development, Russia before and after the Soviet era was just an average economy. If the Soviet era is distinguished, it was not by economic growth or its contribution to human development, but by the use of the economy to build national power over many decades. In this respect, the Soviet economy was a success. It was also a tough and unequal environment in which to be born, live, and grow old. The Soviet focus on building national capabilities did improve opportunities for many citizens. Most important were the education of women and the increased survival of children. The Soviet economy was designed for the age of mass production and mass armies. That age has gone, but the idea of the Soviet economy lives on, fed by nostalgia and nationalism.

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  • Harrison, Mark, 2017. "The Soviet Economy, 1917-1991 : Its Life and Afterlife," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 1137, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:1137
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    1. Markevich, Andrei & Harrison, Mark, 2011. "Great War, Civil War, and Recovery: Russia's National Income, 1913 to 1928," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 71(03), pages 672-703, September.
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    Keywords

    command economy ; communism; economic growth ; incentives ; power ; security ; Soviet Union ; war economy;

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    • H1 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • N44 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: 1913-
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General

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