nep-cis New Economics Papers
on Confederation of Independent States
Issue of 2009‒02‒14
four papers chosen by
Anna Y. Borodina
Perm State University

  1. Is the cost of living in Russia really that low? By Gluschenko, Konstantin
  2. Mass Production, Economic Growth and Social Justice: Historical Lessons for Russia By Viktorov, Ilja
  3. Growth in Post-Soviet Russia: A Tale of Two Transitions By David N. DeJong; Daniel Berkowitz
  4. A Study of Russian High-tech Industrial Policy By Hironori Fushita

  1. By: Gluschenko, Konstantin
    Abstract: There is a widespread opinion that goods, especially foods, and services in Russia are very cheap as compared to the US. A number of Russian statistical indicators characterizing the cost of living, either directly or indirectly, seemingly corroborate this opinion. This paper demonstrates that these indicators are biased, sufficiently understating the cost of living in Russia. A comparison of Russian actual prices for foods with those in the US evidences that they are comparable. Moreover, the Russian prices are tending to catch up with the US prices.
    Keywords: food prices; cost of living; minimum wage; subsistence level; Russia; US
    JEL: I31 O57 P22
    Date: 2008–12
  2. By: Viktorov, Ilja (Dept. of Economic History, Stockholm University)
    Abstract: This paper examines the impact of mass production on economic development in the United States and Sweden between the 1930s and early 1970s. It suggests that the historical experience in both countries can be used to illustrate a possible pathway for promoting progressive development of the Russian economy. The article discusses the conditions under which mass production can promote economic growth combined with social justice in post-Soviet Russia
    Keywords: economic history; mass production; wage formation; Fordism; Sweden; United States; Russia’s economic crisis
    JEL: N12 N14 N32 N34 O10 O50 O57
    Date: 2009–02–06
  3. By: David N. DeJong; Daniel Berkowitz
    Abstract: . . .
    Date: 2008–09
  4. By: Hironori Fushita (The Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University)
    Date: 2009–01

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