[Marxism] From Soviets to Oligarchs:, Inequality and Property in Russia 1905-2016

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 11 07:00:18 MDT 2017

> In brief, 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. While our results have implications
> for the growth and convergence prospects of Russia (and more broadly for the role of
> policies, institutions, and ideology in inequality dynamics), we stress that the present
> paper is essentially focused on measuring inequality and explaining how the various
> existing sources can be combined. Our modest objective is to make explicit what we
> know and do not know about inequality in Russia, and to put Russia’s inequality
> trajectory in historical and comparative perspective. More data is required before we
> can make further progress in interpreting the findings.


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