A Cold War Creature Which Sat Out the War

Europe-Asia Studies, Forthcoming

60 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2012 Last revised: 14 Aug 2012

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Vladimir Kontorovich

Haverford College - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 17, 2011


A substantial body of literature argues that government funding motivated by the Cold War shaped (or distorted) the content of the American academic disciplines receiving the funds. This paper tests the impact of such funding on the academic study of the Soviet economy, a small field created to help fight the Cold War. It documents the amount of attention given by researchers to the military sector of the Soviet economy, the topic of central importance for the Cold War, and finds that their publications largely ignored the military sector. Considerations other than the interests of the sponsors deter-mined the choice of topics in the discipline.

Keywords: Soviet economy, Cold War, defense industry

JEL Classification: B29, P20

Suggested Citation

Kontorovich, Vladimir, A Cold War Creature Which Sat Out the War (November 17, 2011). Europe-Asia Studies, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2127357

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