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The Distorted World Of Soviet-Type Economies
The Distorted World Of Soviet-Type Economies
By Jan Winiecki
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988, 230 pp.

Making good use of the vantage points of Warsaw and Lublin, where he teaches, Professor Winiecki provides vigorous demonstrations of a number of sources of difficulty in the economies of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. He shows, for example, why the system makes changes in the industrial structure very difficult and how the effort to advance by importing Western technology has often led to "paying more and earning less." His often ingenious statistical analyses are interspersed with a few-too few-"systems-specific" jokes.