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The Socialist SystemThe Political Economy of Communism$
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Janos Kornai

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198287766

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198287763.001.0001

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Consumption and Distribution

Consumption and Distribution

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The Socialist System

János Kornai (Contributor Webpage)

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The material living conditions of citizens under a classical socialist system are considered. The first part of the chapter looks at consumption, material welfare, and economic security, and compares these under socialist and capitalist systems to the detriment of the socialist system. The second part examines the distribution of money income and material welfare among the various groups in society, again contrasting socialist and capitalist systems. Explanations are then advanced for the real inequality of distribution in welfare shown for the classical socialist system, and tendencies towards equalization and differentiation are discussed.

Keywords:   capitalism, classical socialism, consumption, economic security, inequality, material welfare, money income, socialist systems

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