undoubtedly yielded several important benefits, such as a rapid growth of production enabling a mighty investment leap forward and the incorporation of hundreds of thousands of persons into production processes at higher occupational levels. But at the same time, the policy of maximum employment produced a number of adverse effects. Above all, it was not conducive to the growth of labour productivity because it led to over-full employment and a high labour turnover, and it weakened labour discipline and conscientious application to work.1
KeywordsLabour Productivity Trade Union National Income German Democratic Republic Industrial Output
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