How Large Was the the Output Collapse in Russia? Alternative Estimates and Welfare Implications

Author/Editor:

Evgeny Gavrilenkov ; Vincent Koen

Publication Date:

December 1, 1994

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Summary:

The divergence between production and consumption indicators in Russia suggests that the magnitude of the output collapse in the course of the transition is overstated by the official statistics. Alternative estimates for real GDP are derived, which reconcile the official production and consumption data. Based on cautious assumptions, real GDP appears to have declined cumulatively by no more than one third rather than by one half. The drop in household welfare is much smaller still, as the output mix shifts and deadweight losses are sharply reduced.

Series:

Working Paper No. 94/154

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 1994

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451921847/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1541994

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

38

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