By Anders Aslund

This booklet deals the main finished empirical research of the industrial transformation of the international locations comprising the previous Soviet bloc through the first decade after communism. It debunks many myths, seeing transition as a fight among radical reformers and people thriving on lease looking. Privatization has surely been valuable, and its confident results will develop over the years. the most challenge has been the continuation of huge, unregulated and ubiquitous nation apparatuses dwelling on corruption, whereas no nation has suffered from too radical reforms. the place malpractices of the elite could be checked, marketplace reforms and democracy have proceeded jointly.

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Hence, budget statistics are repeatedly revised, usually expanding budget deficits, revenues, and expenditures. Wage and income statistics are particularly understated, since wages are subject to high taxes, encouraging tax avoidance and evasion. Incomes based on household budget surveys are not much better. Moreover, the composition of incomes has changed considerably as the share of wages has fallen sharply. Opponents of reform have lamented sharp official falls in "real wages" with the introduction of a market economy.

All preconditions and policies served as arms in this frightful battle. What Communism Actually Was A decade after the end of communism, it is difficult to imagine that once upon a time many intelligent people believed that socialism was superior to capitalism and democracy. They thought that a benign almighty state would have higher aims than a messy democracy and would be better at executing its altruistic ideals as well. Numerous ideas we take for granted were alien to communists. Socialist paraphernalia have faded in the postcommunist countries, but multifarious remnants persist.

Third, I strive to minimize the number of sources for each table, as they tend to be incongruent, although this means that some tables are not complete or fully updated. Fourth, when odd numbers are obviously absurd, I have preferred to leave the space empty. Fifth, most social scientists discuss the problems with statistics and then ignore them, but I am intent on drawing the consequences of what I know, even when I cannot provide an alternative estimate of reasonable precision. Fortunately, often the contrasts are so great that even major statistical flaws cannot conceal reality.

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