Revisiting the type of economic system in the USSR

Автор: Beznin Mikhail Alekseevich, Dimoni Tatyana Mikhailovna

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Рубрика: History of economic and sociological thought

Статья в выпуске: 5 (47) т.9, 2016 года.

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The article characterizes the type of economic system of the Soviet Union. In the authors' view, modern historiography has reached the impasse trying to address the issue. The overwhelming majority of researchers recognize that the USSR economic system was socialist, with all the attendant “positive” and “negative” aspects. The article proposes to characterize the type of economic system of the Soviet period through the analysis of correlation of important production factors such as labor and capital. This analysis is based on data of the USSR input-output balances of the national economy in the 1970-1980s. This source is introduced into scientific parlance for the first time; previously, it belonged to the category of “confidential”. In order to address the issue of the USSR type of economic system, the authors refer to the content of the tables containing data on common indicators of national economy during 1980-1986, the proportion of direct and materialized labor in total labor costs for 1975-1985, and the ratio of the number of the Soviet workers involved in mechanized and manual labor for 1975-1985...


Ussr economy, ussr socio-economic system, input-output balances of the national economy

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IDR: 147223873   |   DOI: 10.15838/esc.2016.5.47.13

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