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Russia: A Long View by Yegor Gaidar

Published By: Translated by Antonina W. Bouis. Cambridge and London: MIT Press
ISBN: 978-0-262-01741-1
Date of Publication: 2012


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Reviewed by: Aleh Tsyvinski of Yale University
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.51.3.883.r9
Review Pages: 900-03

Book Review Abstract

Aleh Tsyvinski of Yale University reviews, "Russia: A Long View" by Yegor Gaidar. The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Originally published in Russian in 2005. Presents an analytical overview of economic growth in Russia throughout history and considers what the country needs to attain higher economic growth and achieve greater economic welfare in the present day. Discusses modern economic growth; economic determinism and the twentieth-century experience; the general and the particular in modern economic growth; traditional agrarian society; a different path; the phenomenon of antiquity; capitalism and the rise of Europe; particular features of Russia's economic development; the collapse of an empire; the postsocialist crisis and recovery growth; the dynamics of population and international migration; the state burden on the economy; the formation and crisis of systems of social safeguards; the evolution of education and health care systems; the transformation of the system for manning the armed forces; and the stability and flexibility of political systems. The late Gaidar was a Russian economist, politician, and a key architect of economic reforms in Russia's transition to a market economy."


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JEL Classifications

N13: Economic History: Macroeconomics; Growth and Fluctuations: Europe: Pre-1913
N14: Economic History: Macroeconomics; Growth and Fluctuations: Europe: 1913-
O47: Measurement of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
O52: Economywide Country Studies: Europe
P24: Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies: National Income, Product, and Expenditure; Money; Inflation


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