When Marxism was put into practice in the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and elsewhere, economic resources were brutally redistributed. In the Soviet Union everyone had an income, but not everyone could spend it on the same terms. Social and economic inequality in the Soviet Union. After that time, the compensation of collective farmers moved gradually, but never completely, towards public-sector standards. We guess that unofficial incomes were substantial but of time-varying size. “Income Distribution under Communism and Capitalism”, Soviet Studies 22(3): 343-369; 22(4): 487-511. On that official measure income inequality fell sharply. Milanović, B and L Ersado (2010), “Reform and inequality during the transition: An analysis using panel houshold survey data, 1990-2005”, UNU-WIDER, 2010/62, Novokmet, F, T Piketty and G and Zucman (2017), “From Soviets to Oligarchs: Inequality and Property in Russia, 1905-2016”. roughly as much as the recorded financial assets of Russian households. I look forward to reading the memoir. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. By the late 1930s, divorce rates in the Soviet Union were the highest in Europe at one divorce for every two marriages. Meanwhile, poverty in the former Soviet Union nations ensued. Basingstoke: Palgrave. (5) Frequently, the institutional divergence has been advanced as the main reason underlying divergent post-communist inequality patterns in Russia and Central European countries (such as the role of the European Union as the ‘institutional anchor’ in the case of the latter) (e.g. Finally, a new paper by Allen and Khaustova (2017) examines Russian real wages in the long run. There were millions of these from the 1930s to the 1950s. Brussels: NATO, Economic Directorate. If that is the case here, then the rural poor are left out of account. Milanović, B (1998), Income, Inequality, and Poverty During the Transition from Planned to Market Economy. And more generally, one can argue that in the chaotic monetary and political context of the 1990s it is not too surprising that the market value of household financial assets remained relatively low until the mid to late 1990s. “The Soviet Income Revolution.” Slavic Review 22(4): 683-697. Edited by Alan Abouchar. Private housing increased from less than 50% of national income in 1990 to 250% of national income in 2008-2009, and decreased to about 200% of national income by 2015. We have done our best to combine the various existing data sources in the most plausible manner, but the quality of raw available data remains highly insufficient. At the same time, recent inequality development needs to be also considered in the convergence discourse and regarding the possibility of inclusive growth. By 1996 the top 10-per-cent share had returned to the 1905 level and remained in that vicinity through 2016. Others had limited access to staple goods and services, for which they either waited in line or paid a higher, sometimes illegal price. NBER Working Paper 23712, Novokmet, F (2017), “Between Communism and Capitalism: essays on the evolution of income and wealth inequality in Eastern Europe 1890-2015 (Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Russia)”, PhD Dissertation, PSE, Piketty, T (2014), Capital in the 21st century. Alvaredo, F, T Atkinson, L Chancel, T Piketty, E Saez and G Zucman (2016), "Distributional National Accounts (DINA) Guidelines: Concepts and Methods used in WID.world", WID.world Working Paper 2016/02, Atkinson, A B and J Micklewright (1992), Economic transformation in Eastern Europe and the distribution of income. (The Soviet-era years observed are 1928, 1956, and then roughly every second, third, or fourth year to 1988, when annual observations begin.) 1971. Mark, fascinating as always. The net national wealth amounted to slightly more than 400% of national income in 1990, including about 300% for net public wealth (roughly three quarters) and little more than 100% for net private wealth (one quarter). Distribution of Income: East and West. Wage earnings accounted for less than one third of Soviet household incomes in 1928, just over 60 per cent in 1937, and nearly 70 per cent in 1956 (Kashin and Mikov 2004: 17, 23, 34). Lindert, Peter H., and Steven Nafziger. 2017).1 We find that official inequality estimates vastly underestimate the concentration of income in Russia. Mavridis, D and P Mosberger (2017), “Income Inequality and Incentives The Quasi-Natural Experiment of Hungary, 1914-2008”, mimeo. The Soviet Union made great capital out of US racism at the time, regularly bringing up the issue on the international stage. Yanowitch takes the discussion back to the time of Stalin, when inequality greatly increased. Social and economic inequality in the Soviet Union six studies This edition published in White Plains, N.Y. Amrit Schroeder noted, however, that Western researchers could not access data on the Soviet distribution of illegal incomes, or on privileged distribution of goods and services including accommodation and health care. Russia has undergone a dramatic economic and political transformation since the fall of the Soviet Union. Consumption inequality mattered too, and arguably mattered more than income inequality. Gregory, Paul. Social and Economic Inequality in the Soviet Union book. Durham, North Carolina : Duke University Press. However, it rose back up to about 45 to 50 percent in 1990 with the fall of the Soviet Union. Actions toward particular religions, however, were determined by State interests, and most organized religions were never outlawed outright. Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists, From Soviets to oligarchs: Inequality and property in Russia, 1905-2016, Filip Novokmet, Thomas Piketty, Gabriel Zucman 09 November 2017. from public to private property. however, inequality fell greatly after the war. When he did so, he did not order their wages to be raised because, in a supply-constrained economy, this would only have lengthened local queues. (3) Our estimate of annual capital flight is computed as the sum of net errors and omissions and capital transfer outflows in the balance of payments. Yanowitch, Murray. “Considering the obscure data with which they had to work,” a survey by Schroeder (1983) remarked, “Western investigators display a large degree of agreement.” Measured by the decile ratio, the distribution of official incomes in the Soviet Union was becoming more equal over time and was substantially more equal than in the developed market economies then available as comparators. from public to private property. If we consider the period 1989-2016 as a whole, average per adult national income has increased by 41% according to our benchmark estimates, i.e. Follow @mark4harrison!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Mark talks about why and how he blogs on Warwick’s Knowledge Centre. 2016), France (Garbinti et al. My research is on Russian and international economic history; I am interested in economic aspects of bureaucracy, dictatorship, defence, and warfare. It turns a new page and sets a new challenge. Of all these countries, only Italy’s population had reached 57 million by 1991, and Taiwan’s 20 million. Moscow: Tsentral’nyi Bank Rossiiskoi Federatsii. The Soviet central bank compiled annual estimates of their aggregate size (Kashin and Mikov 2004), but we continue to lack (and may never find) data on their distribution. Soviet Union, Russia, Inequality, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute for Macroeconomics and Econometrics, University of Bonn, Professor, Paris School of Economics; and CEPR, Bozio, Garbinti, Goupille-Lebret, Guillot, Piketty. But all are smaller than Russia in population, and a larger population will always tend to show greater inequality, because unequal economic outcomes are promoted by heterogeneity of all kinds, and heterogeneity is inevitably increasing in population size. The health consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union The health consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union Chapter: (p.17) 2 The health consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union Source: Poverty, Inequality, and Health Author(s): David A. Leon Gill Walt Publisher: Oxford University Press The collapse of the Soviet Union brought an unprecedented scope and speed of changes, which affected more than 250 million people in many countries. My most recent book is One Day We Will Live Without Fear: Everyday Lives Under the Soviet Police State (Hoover Institution Press, 2016). We construct new income distribution series by combining national accounts, survey, wealth, and fiscal data. at a markedly lower level than in China and in Western countries (see Figure 3). 1974. Guriev, S and A Rachinsky (2005), “The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism”, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 19(1): 131-150. The Soviet Union promoted Marxist-Leninist atheism. In the Soviet Union everyone had an income, but not everyone could spend it on the same terms. During the 1930s, as Paul Gregory (2004: 76-109) has noted, Stalin received regular reports of discontent and falling effort among the workers in the provinces and intervened from time to time to improve their condition. By implication, what the rich lost was diverted into government administration and investment and defence projects; it was not passed on to the lower income strata. The Structure of Soviet Wages. 6 The Physical Object Pagination xv, 197 p. ; 24 cm. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. We then cumulate yearly capital flight making various assumptions on the rate of return. London: George Allen & Unwin. One poster in the exhibition juxtaposes a … On the other hand, inequality has increased substantially more in Russia than in China and other ex-communist countries in Eastern Europe.4 Figure 6 shows the marked divergence after the fall of Communism in the top 1% income share in Russia as compared to Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.5, Figure 5 Top 10% income share: Russia vs US and France, Figure 6 Top 1% income share: Russia vs Eastern Europe. Measured by the top 10-percent income share, Russia today appears in the World Inequality Lab database in the same inequality band as the United States and China. 1963. Something that was never taught in school, nor hinted about to egg your on to … by Trying to work this out—as far as I knew, Joan Littlewood had the author down as "unknown." The Soviet Union disbanded in 1991 and resulted in the formation of 15 independent nations. It took also from the poor, including the poorest. Figure 1 Public versus private property in Russia 1990-2015 (% national income), One key finding is the critical role played by housing for the rise of private wealth (see Figure 2). It is also worth pointing out that this enormous rise came together with a massive collapse of the bottom 50% share, which dropped from about 30% of total income in 1990-1991 to less than 10% in mid-1990s, before gradually returning to about 18% by 2015. Kashin, Yu. Poverty Reduction through Social Protection and Labor Policies in the Former Soviet Union Esuna Dugarova. Piketty, T and G Zucman (2014), “Capital is Back: Wealth-Income Ratios in Rich Countries 1700-2010.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 129(3): 1255-1310. Soviet Union had a lot more equality in incomes. unrecorded financial assets in offshore centres. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Figure 2 The rise of private wealth in Russia, 1990-2015 (% national income). It was also unkind to the Soviet Union, a country that was larger and richer by orders of magnitude. This applied particularly in the years from 1928 to 1956, a period for which the NPZ dataset has only gaps. |  Report a problem. 1975. I am a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick. It was of central importance to the political economy of the time. By GRIP Secretariat 09/04/2020 Now available open access, the book “Social Policy, Poverty, and Inequality in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union: Agency and Institutions in Flux” takes stock of the diverse and divergent welfare trajectories of post-socialist countries. Private property was eliminated, and rural people forcibly collectivized. Firstly, there were no private businesses, so eventually everybody worked for the Government, salaries were fixed and defined, there was no room for salary negotiation. We find that surveys vastly under-estimate the rise of inequality since 1990. Figure 3 The rise of private wealth: Russia vs China and rich countries (private wealth, households) (in % national income). Novokmet, Filip, Thomas Piketty, and Gabriel Zucman (NPZ). In conclusion, our new findings reveal an extreme level of inequality in Russia and a persistent concentration of rent-based resources – which are unlikely to be the best recipes for sustainable development and growth. Amsterdam: North Holland. Equality and Inequality in Social Scientific Studies in Russia, 2000-2015 Natalia Grigorieva . Unofficial incomes also mattered; how they mattered is unclear. The lyric to "and when they ask us" was … by 1983. https://ideas.repec.org/p/oxf/wpaper/158.html, https://ideas.repec.org/a/cup/jechis/v74y2014i03p767-798_00.html, Allen, Robert C., and Ekaterina Khaustova. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia took conservative American tax policy to the extreme. Very top income shares seem if anything somewhat larger in post-Soviet Russia.”. This led Stalin to embark on the "Great Retreat" whereby Stalin came to stress that the family was a stabilizing influence on society. But comprehensive data on Soviet consumption inequality would seem far more difficult to come by than income data, so this may well remain a conjecture. Washington DC: The World Bank. When considered in international comparison, the evolution of aggregate wealth in Russia – together with that of China and other ex-communist countries – can be viewed as an extreme case of the general trends documented in all developed countries since the 1970s-1980s, notably a general rise of private wealth relative to national income, accompanied by the fall of public property (Piketty and Zucman 2014, Piketty 2014). However, gross inequality existed within the Soviet Union, which was similar to the … 2017a. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. In August this year Filip Novokmet, Thomas Piketty, and Gabriel Zucman circulated a new working paper, “From Soviets to Oligarchs: Inequality and Property in Russia, 1905-2016” (NPZ 2017a, b). ), Handbook of Income Distribution, North-Holland, pp. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. A world without the WTO: what’s at stake? Garbinti, B, J Goupille and T Piketty (2017), "Income Inequality in France, 1900-2014: Evidence from Distributional National Accounts (DINA)", WID.world Working Paper 2017/04. 1978. They concluded that pre-tax income inequality in 1997, although likely understated by official reports, was greater than in 1904. Wiles, Peter, and Markowski, Stefan. McAuley, Alastair. Yemtsov, R (2008), “Housing Privatization and Household Wealth in Transition”, in J B Davies (ed. What is more difficult to understand is why such extremely low valuations persisted well after, in particular, in spite of the spectacular Russian stock market boom that occurred between 1998 and 2008. This is particularly striking, considering the large size of the Soviet population, 288 million by 1991. NPZ comment: “our benchmark estimates suggest that inequality levels in Tsarist and post-Soviet Russia are roughly comparable. Pryor, Frederic. But after Stalin’s death in 1953 the ideology started looking threadbare, even at home. Narrative accounts of rural food shortages and periodic famines indicate that rural poverty contributed substantially to Soviet-era inequality before the 1950s (e.g. 2017). The largest category of households excluded from reports of wage earnings were collective farmers – the great majority of Soviet farm workers – who received an uncertain dividend, not a wage. Social and Economic Inequality in the Soviet Union Davies, R. W., and S. G. Wheatcroft. NPZ (2017) is a substantial contribution. They confirm that income inequality in Russia after the Soviet era was comparable to before the Revolution, if not greater; that the distribution of Soviet official incomes was markedly more equal than in most market economies at the time and today, and in Russia beforehand and today; and that, within the Soviet era, inequality followed a modest Kuznets curve, rising, then falling. 5. NPZ measure inequality by shares of income distributed to adults. on this. Matthews, Mervyn. “Income Distribution in Soviet Agriculture.” Soviet Studies 28(1): 3-26. We should stress that the gap would be even larger if we did not include our estimates of offshore wealth in Russia’s private wealth. According to our benchmark estimates, the top 10% income share rose from less than 25% in 1990-1991 to more than 45% by 2015 (as opposed to around 35% suggested by surveys), and the top 1% income share from less than 5% at the outset of the transition to around 20-25% (as opposed to around 10% suggested by surveys). Moreover, the rise of Russian private wealth has been almost exclusively at the expense of public wealth, in the sense that national wealth – the sum of private and public wealth – almost did not increase relative to national income (from 400% in 1990 to 450% by 2015) (Figure 1). Privilege in the Soviet Union. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. They find that real wages stagnated from the 1860s to 1913 (in St Petersburg, the capital, and Kursk, a provincial centre) or showed modest gains (in Moscow) but lagged everywhere behind productivity, suggesting a movement from wages to profits and income from wealth. Income shares in Russia, 1905-2016 (selected years): bottom 50 per cent and bottom 90 per cent. “Recent Data on Soviet Income Distribution.” In Economic Aspects of Life in the USSR. Flemming, J and J Micklewright, J. Attempting to measure inequality in a society by monetary income where monetary income simply was not the determinant of inequality, as in Soviet Russia, just isn't going to work, is it? >end racial inequality. The reality, however, is different. Most likely, consumption inequality did not fall to the same extent. 2017/10 at http://wid.world/. I, and V. V. Mikov, eds. 158 at. Edition Notes Bibliography: p. 187-194. “Consumption.” In The Soviet Economy: Toward the Year 2000. Thus, it is impossible to say whether their net effect was to increase or reduce the extent of inequality of different kinds. Life Before the Collapse. 2014. Schroeder, Gertrude. The service sector was of low importance in the Soviet Union, with the majority of the labor force employed in the industrial sector. Roland, G (2000), Transition and Economics: Politics, Markets and Firms. Before we take that as settled, however, there are three issues that point the other way. However, we should stress that the lack of data access and financial transparency makes it very difficult to properly analyse inequality dynamics in Russia. This unique experience makes Russia an especially compelling case study in inequality research agenda. Like capitalist societies, the Soviet Union and the Soviet-type societies of Eastern Europe showed a high degree of social stratification and inequality. A work by Murray Yanowitch, Social and Economic Inequality in the Soviet Union, augments the findings of McAuley in several ways. The labor force totaled 152.3 million people. Berglof and Bolton 2002, Roland 2000). As you clearly point out, restricted access to price-controlled goods and unofficial income make the situation very unclear. ), Personal Wealth from a Global Perspective, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. Rather, he ordered consumer goods in short supply to be redirected to the towns and factories where dissatisfaction was rising, so that the workers could more easily spend their wages. Poverty, Inequality and Well-being in the Global East: Bringing the 'Social' back in Paul Stubbs, Sofiya An and Tatiana Chubarova. Bloomington, IN: International Development Research Center. Edited by Abram Bergson and Herbert S. Levine. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. 312-333. R. 2004. Recently, income inequality in Russia has risen so that the top 1 percent of earners’ combined income is as high as 20-25 percent of the national income. Finally, as NPZ acknowledge, under Soviet arrangements, persistent shortages and privileged distribution decoupled consumption inequality from income inequality. According to our benchmark estimates, offshore wealth has gradually increased between 1990 and 2015, and represents about 75% of national income by 2015,3 i.e. Appendix to “From Soviets to Oligarchs: Inequality and Property in Russia, 1905-2016.” WID.world working paper no. The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia, vol. |  Comments (1) Toward that end, the Communist regime confiscated church property, ridiculed religion, harassed believers, and propagated atheism in the schools. 2006. 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