Re: [OPE] sources on ussr

From: wpc <>
Date: Mon Nov 09 2009 - 04:15:26 EST

Alejandro Agafonow wrote:
> The USSR economic management swigged back and forth. NEP’s
> liberalization, then centralization in the 1930s, and after the World
> War II a mild tendency to liberalization with Liberman’s reforms. So,
> maybe you should pay more attention to the 1930s. There are some
> debates in Soviet Studies about famine cause during these years. I
> remember the stories of my grandmother about her experience of these
> hard times in the south of Russia , in Kropotkin.

The problem is to get reliable figures. Harrison has some good reviews
of the post 89 revisions of the figures, but one has to approach all of
these with a skeptical view, since most of those producing figures on
either side have political motivations in their presentations of statistics.
> A. Agafonow
> *De:* wpc <>
> *Para:* Outline on Political Economy mailing list <>
> *Enviado:* mié,4 noviembre, 2009 10:39
> *Asunto:* Re: [OPE] sources on ussr
> Thanks I will try to get hold of some of these, I know Nove and Carr.
> I was getting help from a Russian guy I met on a left forum to get
> data on life expectancy changes from the 20s through the 30s and the
> figures he gave me seemed to show only a slight rise during the 30s,
> with a much more marked improvement during the 1950s. The point I am
> trying to argue is that the Miseans who say that rational planning is
> impossible would predict a slow down in growth when planning came in
> and a speedup when it was removed in the 90s. My impression is that
> the opposite occured. There is no doubt about a catastrophic shrinkage
> of output after 1990 and a huge rise in deaths. What is harder to
> obtain is the comparable transition from the 20s to the 30s when
> figures seem very much in dispute
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