Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 6 No. 2 (Spring 1992)


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Economics in the Former Soviet Union

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Alexeev, Michael, Clifford Gaddy, and Jim Leitzel. 1992. "Economics in the Former Soviet Union." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 6(2): 137-148.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.6.2.137


One of the most notable, but least discussed, aspects of the halting attempts during the past six years to reform the economies of the Soviet Union, and now those of its successor states, has been the prominent role played by professional economists. Not since the mid-1920s has the Soviet political leadership felt so strongly the need to draw upon the expertise of the economics profession to help determine its course of action. In this paper, we attempt to characterize the current state of economics in the former Soviet Union, investigate the implications that the condition of Soviet economics has for reform, and suggest possible future directions for the discipline. Our information comes from four main sources: professional publications of Soviet and Western economists, published remarks by Soviet economists, personal interviews and discussions which we conducted with young Soviet economists in the summers of 1990 and 1991, and a questionnaire administered to Soviet economists and graduate students in the Soviet Union.

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Alexeev, Michael (George Mason U)
Gaddy, Clifford (Brookings Institution)
Leitzel, Jim (Duke U and Hoover Institution)

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A11: Role of Economics; Role of Economists


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