Trading Effort for Freedom : Workday Credits in the Soviet Camp System

  • Simon Ertz
  • Published 2004


In this paper we focus on the economics of forced labor during Stalinism. We show that, despite the regime’s ability to apply massive coercion, the camp system administrators used various incentives to raise labor productivity. The particular incentive system examined in this paper is the so-called workday credit system. Workday credits used reduced… (More)

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