The European Soviet bloc and the West as markets for primary products

by Egon Neuberger


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An assessment of the validity of the communist argument that the countries of the Soviet Bloc, by virtue of their central planning and rapid growth, represent better markets than Western countries for primary products of underdeveloped areas. The present study analyzes five members of the Bloc (Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland) and concludes that they comprise a relatively small but rapidly growing market for raw materials, which is of no more than average stability.

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