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Work Without Wages : Russia's Non-Payment Crisis - Padma Desai

Work Without Wages

Russia's Non-Payment Crisis

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The seventy-year-old Soviet tradition of "wages without work" soon turned into "work without wages" when the planned economy began switching to a market system in 1992. Lack of budget discipline, the breakdown of contractual obligations at all levels, and the failure of state agencies to enforce laws among businesses led to pervasive wage nonpayment to workers in both the public and private sectors. In this book Padma Desai and Todd Idson combine econometric rigor, policy analysis, and empirical evidence to analyze wage nonpayment patterns across demographic groups defined by gender, age, and education, and in various occupations, industries, and regions of Russia. They also examine wage nonpayment to Russia's military personnel, in the wider context of a disintegrating military. Focusing on the roots and scale of wage nonpayment, the book is an indispensable guide to understanding Russia's economic restructuring and of the social costs of the transition born by the general population.Among the questions addressed are: How did Russia's factory managers decide who, among various categories of workers, would not get paid? Did wage denial push people below the poverty line? How did families survive when denied wages? Did strikes lead to reduced wage arrears? The authors describe a variety of survival strategies on the part of Russian families, including informal paid activity, the selling of family assets, home production for consumption and sale, and the receiving of cash from relatives.

"The book is a significant contribution to the literature on the Japanese economy. There is no other book-length, English-language treatment of inequality in Japan."--Dale W. Jorgenson, Samuel W. Morris University Professor, Harvard University "Janos Kornai understands the way the socialist economy works better than anybody else in the world. His *Economics of Shortage* was for me and my associates in Russia a book of great importance. *By Force of Thought* offers a detailed look at how Kornai's life and thought developed."--Yegor Gaidar, Director, Institute for the Economy in Transition

Introductionp. 1
Why Wage Arrears?p. 5
Where Are the Bankruptcies?p. 25
Patterns of Wage Nonpaymentp. 47
Center versus Periphery: Regions and Arrearsp. 69
The Military: Budget Cutbacks and Disintegrationp. 93
Pension Arrears, Poverty, and Populist Politicsp. 103
The Coal Industry: Wage Nonpayment amid Restructuringp. 121
To Pay or Not to Pay: Managerial Decision Makingp. 135
Did Women Bear Higher Adjustment Costs?p. 149
How Much Barter?p. 173
Wage Arrears, Trade Unions, and Strikesp. 191
Wage Arrears, Poverty, and Family Survival Strategiesp. 207
Conclusionsp. 225
Notesp. 229
Referencesp. 245
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780262041843
ISBN-10: 0262041847
Series: Work Without Wages
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st January 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.52