Who gains and who loses from economic transformation in Eastern Europe is a key question, but one which is too rarely discussed. This book examines the evidence about distribution of income under Communism in Eastern Europe. Contrary to popular impressions, a great deal of information exists about distribution of income and household earnings in Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland. With glasnost much material previously kept secret in the USSR has been made available. The book contains extensive statistical evidence that has not previously been assembled on a comparative basis, and brings the story right up to the end of Communism. The findings bring out the differences in experience between countries under Communism: between Central Europe and the former Union; between Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland; and between the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.
'... one cannot help but be impressed with what these authors have achieved, and this book is clearly a landmark in the literature'. Economica 'The strength of this book is its thoroughness, and it will be a very useful reference book for this reason'. Journal of Social Policy '... here we have all that is best in empirical economics and applied statistics ... described with great authority and clarity. All in all this is an excellent book in every regard.' Income and Wealth