Economic Transformation in Eastern Europe and the Distribution of Income

Economic Transformation in Eastern Europe and the Distribution of Income

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John Micklewright Anthony Barnes Atkinson
Cambridge University Press, 9/30/1988
EAN 9780521433297, ISBN10: 0521433290

Hardcover, 468 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 3 cm
Language: English

Who gains and who loses from economic transformation in Eastern Europe is a key question, but one which is too rarely discussed. This book, first published in 1992, examines the evidence about distribution of income under Communism in Eastern Europe. Contrary to popular impressions, a great deal of information exists about distribution of income and household earnings in Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland. With glasnost much material previously kept secret in the USSR has been made available. The book contains extensive statistical evidence that had not previously been assembled on a comparative basis, and brings the story right up to the end of Communism. The findings bring out the differences in experience between countries under Communism: between Central Europe and the former Union; between Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland; and between the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.

List of figures
List of tables
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
Name index
Subject index.

'... one cannot help but be impressed with what these authors have achieved, and this book is clearly a landmark in the literature'. Economica 'The strength of this book is its thoroughness, and it will be a very useful reference book for this reason'. Journal of Social Policy '... here we have all that is best in empirical economics and applied statistics ... described with great authority and clarity. All in all this is an excellent book in every regard.' Income and Wealth