Journal article

The first 35 years of Soviet living standards: Secular growth and conjunctural crises in a time of famines

Stephen G Wheatcroft

EXPLORATIONS IN ECONOMIC HISTORY | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2009

Abstract

This article investigates welfare and living standards in the Soviet Union during the great crises of the first 35 years of Soviet power, during which the USSR experienced 5 major famines. It reviews the classic literature on traditional measures of Soviet consumption and recent critiques of them. It discusses the nature of welfare and welfare indicators, the reliability of Soviet statistical indicators on welfare, and it charts the dimensions of the groups in Soviet society that were most vulnerable to these welfare crises. A range of welfare indicators covering nutrition, mortality and stature are critically examined both regarding their immediate and long-term consequences and the groups ..

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