The Long-Term Effects of Communism in Eastern Europe

  title={The Long-Term Effects of Communism in Eastern Europe},
  author={Nicola Fuchs-Sch{\"u}ndeln and Matthias Sch{\"u}ndeln},
  journal={Journal of Economic Perspectives},
We analyze the long-term effects of communism on both policies and preferences in Eastern Europe in four areas in which the communist and capitalist doctrines fundamentally differ: government intervention in markets, political freedom, and inequality in incomes and across genders. Macroeconomic indicators related to these areas show convergence of the East to the West. However, residents in the East express less support for democracy and a stronger desire for redistribution, in line with the… 

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