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Socialist Investment Cycles : Analysis in Retrospect - Peter Mihalyi

Socialist Investment Cycles

Analysis in Retrospect

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Published: 18th October 2012
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by Peter J. D. Wiles Professor Emeritus University of London There are two sorts of writers of prefaces: the obliging and the disobliging. Surely Peter MiMlyi knows where to place me in this taxonomy. For the most part I write my own irrelevant opinions, but there was one act of gross interference: my insistence on a point he had already quietly made, the greater stability of the production of consumer goods under Communism even of food, if we exclude bad harvests. The many Marxist and some other scholars who wrote about Dr. Mih

'The methodological approach presented in this book is clear and interesting and the book deserves to be recommended to economists and students.' Economics of Planning, 27, 1994

and Summary of Main Points.- 1. General Framework.- 1.1 Three schools.- 1.2 Cycles or fluctuations ?.- 1.3 Socialism.- 1.4 Statistical definition of investments.- 1.5 Theory and statistical reality.- 1.6 The relevance of cycle models.- 1.7 Formalised summary.- 2. Three Schools of Thought.- 2.1 Control theory models.- 2.1.1 The complexity argument.- 2.1.2 Election cycles in Soviet-type economies.- 2.1.3 Replacement cycles and the role of large investment projects.- 2.2 Endogenous models.- 2.2.1 The periodic nature of planning.- 2.2.2 The investment commitment model.- 2.3 Common elements.- 2.4 Exogenous models.- 2.4.1 The role of politics.- 2.4.2 Fluctuations due to planning errors.- 2.4.3 Fluctuations due to campaigns.- 2.4.4 The cliff's edge thesis.- 2.4.5 Investment cycles or business cycles ?.- 2.4.6 GINV: target or control variable ?.- 2.4.7 The paradigm of bureaucratic regularity.- 3. Measurement of Investment Fluctuations.- 3.1 Distortion of GINV data.- 3.1.1 Revisions of past series.- 3.1.2 The treatment of military procurement.- 3.1.3 The impact of distorted price indices.- 3.2 Traps of time series analysis.- 3.2.1 Precision of growth rate figures.- 3.2.2 Theoretical and practical problems of trend analysis.- 3.2.3 Fluctuations at random ?.- 3.3 East-West comparison of GINV fluctuations.- 3.4 Synchronization of investment fluctuations.- 4. Common Patterns and Particularities - A Historical Analysis.- 4.1 The method.- 4.2 Construction output.- 4.3 Industrial output.- 4.4 Imports.- 4.5 Standard of living.- 4.6 Domestic utilization of NMP.- 4.7 Role of the harvest and foreign credits.- 5. Closing Remarks on Measurement and Control.- 5.1 The measurement trap.- 5.2 The definition trap.- 5.3 Micro-economic conditions of measurement.- Appendix I: Two Hungarian Case Studies.- 1. The impact of investment fluctuations on the labour market.- 2. Maintenance - capital repair - investment.- 3. Conclusions.- Appendix II: Basic Data.

ISBN: 9789401051842
ISBN-10: 9401051844
Series: International Studies in Economics and Econometrics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: 18th October 2012
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.42