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Look Inside The Soviet Household under the Old Regime

The Soviet Household under the Old Regime
Economic Conditions and Behaviour in the 1970s


  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521148351

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  • Originally published in 1992, this book provides a detailed analysis of the economics of the Soviet urban household sector during the 1970s. It contains eight studies covering the size and distribution of incomes and wealth, the incidence and causes of poverty, the labour supply of women, division of labour among household members, and saving behaviour. Ofer and Vinokur conclude that socialist achievements in the sphere of economic equality were rather modest. They also show that, even under the peculiar conditions imposed on Soviet households by the socialist system, they responded to economic constraints in a way that is predictable by ordinary Western-type models of household behaviour. It will be an invaluable reference source for specialists of Soviet studies, comparative economics, income distribution and women's studies as well as for government officials and journalists.

    • A detailed study of the economics of the Soviet urban household in the 1970s
    • Based on the unique source of interviews with Jewish immigrants to Israel and the United States
    • Written by two leading specialists in the field of Soviet economics
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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521148351
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: economics of the Soviet urban household in the 1970s
    2. Private sources of income of the Soviet urban household
    3. Soviet household saving
    4. Inequality of earnings, household income and wealth in the Soviet Union in the 1970s
    5. The distributive effects of the Social Consumption Fund in the Soviet Union
    6. The size and the structure of population in poverty in the Soviet Union
    7. Earning differentials by sex in the Soviet Union: a first look
    8. Work and family roles of Soviet women: historical trends and cross-section analysis
    Appendix: demographic and economic characteristics of the sample and of the Soviet urban population

  • Authors

    Gur Ofer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    Aaron Vinokur, University of Haifa, Israel

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