Judged by either absolute or relative size, trade with the Soviet Union is not quantitatively significant for any country in the Western world, except Finland. The relative magnitude of Soviet trade with the United States is particularly low and has been declining. Economic policy of both countries is the major explanatory factor, but the Soviet economic structure also plays an important role. Some radical changes in Soviet economic policy might substantially change current trade patterns and volumes. They might also affect the climate of East-West relations.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Note series. The note was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1979 to 1993 that reported other outputs of sponsored research for general distribution.
This research in the public interest was supported by RAND, using discretionary funds made possible by the generosity of RAND's donors, the fees earned on client-funded research, and independent research and development (IR&D) funds provided by the Department of Defense.
Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.