Post-war Russian economic growth : not a riddle
Harrison, Mark. (2003) Post-war Russian economic growth : not a riddle. Europe-Asia Studies, Vol.55 (No.8). pp. 1323-1329. ISSN 0966-8136
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966813032000141132
In a recent article Steven Rosefielde (2003) has advanced three propositions. He suggests that according to the best available statistics the post-war growth of the Russian economy under the command system was surprisingly good; in fact, he argues that it was too good. The standard for this judgement is economic theory, which holds that non-market systems must fail by comparison with market economies; Rosefielde associates specifically this view with the 'Washington consensus'. He concludes that it is the statistics that are at fault: they 'lied and were misconstrued' by Western 'statistically oriented comparativists' in a way that was unduly favourable to the command system.
In this comment I argue that Rosefielde has misread both the facts and the theory. There is no riddle in the statistics. His conclusion, therefore, must fall.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Soviet Union -- Economic conditions -- 20th century, Economic development -- Soviet Union|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Europe-Asia Studies|
|Official Date:||5 June 2003|
|Page Range:||pp. 1323-1329|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
Bergson, Abram (1961). The Real National Income of Soviet Russia Since 1928.
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