Social capability, history and the economies of communist and postcommunist states

Peter Iliev, Louis Putterman

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Studies show that in non-Communist developed and developing countries earlier development of agriculture, a dense population, and a state-level polity is associated with a higher income and more rapid economic growth in the late twentieth century. We investigate whether this was also the case for countries under communism and for the same countries in transition to a market economy. Our findings are generally affirmative, with an interesting pattern for the Eurasian socialist core countries involving higher growth nearer their West European and East Asian poles. We also find that ethnic fractionalization, which is correlated with late premodern development, shows harmful effects in the transition era but not under communism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-66
Number of pages31
JournalStudies In Comparative International Development
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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