Mortality and the fate of communist states.

  title={Mortality and the fate of communist states.},
  author={N Eberstadt},
  journal={Communist economies and economic transformation},
  volume={5 4},
  • N Eberstadt
  • Published 1993 in Communist economies and economic transformation
The author suggests that the general tendency to overestimate the economic success of communist countries by Western scholars before the breakup of the Soviet Union was due primarily to a failure to take proper account of demographic factors, and particularly declines occurring in life expectancy. "The first section reviews the anomalous history of mortality trends in Central and Eastern Europe and the USSR between the end of the Second World War and the 'end of the Cold War'. The second draws… CONTINUE READING