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By Paul J.J. Welfens

Socialist economies in japanese Europe have collapsed and em- barked upon market-oriented reforms. The motives of the loss of life of centrally deliberate economies are analyzed and the fundamental demanding situations of systemic tranformation mentioned. unfavourable source of revenue and wealth results in addition to distribution concerns make adjustment tremendous tricky. the basic roles of privatization and overseas funding are adressed. overseas monetary liberalization is taken into account to be of centralimportance for a growth-oriented adjustment direction in a degree of conflict-prone coverage and techniques. Politico-economic elements of the hot ecu advancements as well as North-South concerns are analyzed. tough offerings look ahead to decison-makers in financial coverage and the enterprise group in jap Europe and in prime marketplace economies.

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3 State-administered Allocation of Goods and the Pricing Rules Socialism, often adopted - viewed from a historical perspective - in underindustrialized countries with a very uneven income distribution and thus great differences in individual households' consumption levels, aimed to spread consumption goods in a relatively even way. Hence, price subsidies were often granted in order to assure that basic needs of all people could be satisfied. However, as production goals are fixed by the state at the same time and, in the case of price-subsidized products, output mostly falls short of the amount of goods desired at the fixed price, there is an additional excess demand factor.

Hence, part of shadow economic activities is value-adding and affects the allocation of factors in the overall system; other activities reflect mostly redistribution effects. KORNAI has argued that value-added in the unofficial economy amounts to roughly 20 percent of Hungary's GDP. 2 percent in 1982. 25 This problem is less evident for Romania, the (former) GDR and the CSSR, but there is some casual evidence that the second economy is growing in these countries, too. 26 As regards the (ex-)USSR the value of transactions made in the shadow economy is said to reach at least a third of the transaction volume in the official economy, and it seems that the majority of the population is involved in unofficial activities including "speculation".

Hence there will be a kinked excess demand curve which represents demand for the unofficial economy. Who will succeed in satisfying his/her needs in the official economy? If group G-L (see their corresponding willingness to pay as expressed by the arc GL on the demand curve) were to be the happy ones, a double-kinked (dashed) demand curve for the shadow economy could be derived. 20 However, as those groups will stand longest in line whose opportunity costs of time are lowest, the most likely group to obtain the goods officially supplied is MR.

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