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Dictators, Repression and the Median Citizen: An 'Eliminations Model' of Stalin's Terror (Data from the NKVD Archives)


Paul R. Gregory


University of Houston - Department of Economics; Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace

Philipp J. H. Schröder


University of Aarhus - Faculty of Business Administration

Konstantin Sonin


Higher School of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

November 2006


Abstract:     
This paper sheds light on dictatorial behavior as exemplified by the mass terror campaigns of Stalin. Dictatorships - unlike democracies where politicians choose platforms in view of voter preferences - may attempt to trim their constituency and thus ensure regime survival via the large scale elimination of citizens. We formalize this idea in a simple model and use it to examine Stalin's three large scale terror campaigns with data from the NKVD state archives that are accessible after more than 60 years of secrecy. Our model traces the stylized facts of Stalin's terror and identifies parameters such as the ability to correctly identify regime enemies, the actual or perceived number of enemies in the population, and how secure the dictators power base is, as crucial for the patterns and scale of repression.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: Dictatorial systems, Stalinism, Soviet State and Party archives, NKVD, OPGU

JEL Classification: P00, N44, P26

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Date posted: December 4, 2006  

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Gregory, Paul R. and Schröder, Philipp J. H. and Sonin, Konstantin, Dictators, Repression and the Median Citizen: An 'Eliminations Model' of Stalin's Terror (Data from the NKVD Archives) (November 2006). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=948667 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.948667

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Paul R. Gregory
University of Houston - Department of Economics ( email )
Houston, TX 77204-5882
United States
713-743-3828 (Phone)
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Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
Stanford, CA 94305-6010
United States
Philipp J. H. Schröder
University of Aarhus - Faculty of Business Administration ( email )
Haslegaardsvej 10
DK-8210 Aarhus, 8210
Denmark
Konstantin Sonin (Contact Author)
Higher School of Economics ( email )
20 Myasnitskaya street
Moscow, 119017
Russia

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
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