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Economic Transformation in Eastern Europe and the Distribution of Income

Economic Transformation in Eastern Europe and the Distribution of Income


  • Date Published: October 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521438827

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  • 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.

    • Very topical subject examined by leading figures in the field. Looks at effects of economic change in Eastern Europe on incomes and poverty
    • Tony Atkinson is one of the top three British economists of his generation, with an international reputation
    • Contains data on the former USSR, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and the UK
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    '… 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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521438827
    • length: 466 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 48 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Authors

    Anthony Barnes Atkinson, University of Cambridge

    John Micklewright, European University Institute, Florence

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