size-distribution of incomes under socialism in czechoslovakia

Michal, Jan M. (June 1971) size-distribution of incomes under socialism in czechoslovakia. Forschungsberichte / Research Memoranda 57

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abstract (introduction): the purpose of this paper is to inquire into the size-distribution of money incomes of individuals and of families (on per capita basis) in czechoslovakia's socialist economy. the existing socialist systems have frequently been examined in terms of their distributive aspects and have been largely neglected in professional literature. in the early fifties, the lack of studies of the socialist distributions of incomes by size were understandable. hardly any statistics were available on the distribution of money incomes. the "use value" of incomes in cash was very limited by widespread rationning and inadequate supply of a number of consumer goods on the market. the non-measurable income in kind loomed largely in total personal income and covered a great part of final consumption in eastern europe. all this changed in recent years. several communist countries, especially czechoslovakia, hungary and poland, have published interesting figures on the dispersion of money incomes. rationning has been abolished, except for a small number of goods and services (e.g. housing), and an effort has been made to give the consumer a much wider choice of goods. although prices still do not reflect consumer preferences, andsome shortages still occur on the market, the "use value" of money income has increased considerably. (...);

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Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:34
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URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/57

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