Who gains and who loses from economic transformation in Eastern Europe is a key questionbut one that is too rarely discussed. To understand the implications of the move to a market economy, it is necessary to know more about the distribution of income under Communism. This book assembles evidence about earnings, dispersion, income inequality and poverty in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, the USSR (with separate information for Russia, the Ukraine and other republics). It adopts a comparative perspectivebringing out the differences between these countries and the West, as well as within Central and Eastern Europe. It shows that widely held beliefs about Eastern Europe under Communism are not borne out by the evidence.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)|
Table of Contents
List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction and summary; 2. Why study the distribution pre-1990?; 3. Data: availability, quality and comparability; 4. The distribution of earnings; 5. The distribution of household incomes; 6. Interpreting income data; 7. Measuring poverty; 8. Poverty and the safety net; Sources and methods; List of tables in statistical appendix; Statistical appendix; Bibliography; Name index; Subject index.