The Impact of Imported Western Technology

  • Philip Hanson
Part of the Studies in Soviet History and Society book series (SSHS)


The economic benefits to the USSR of the flows of imported Western technology consist of the contribution this imported technology makes to Soviet output. (Certain negative, ‘resource-demanding’ effects have been postulated by some observers; these will be considered in Chapter 12.) Any attempt to measure this contribution must be concerned with net impact, both direct and indirect, and with effects observed over a specified period of time.


Production Function Labour Productivity Capital Stock Marginal Productivity Industrial Output 
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© Philip Hanson 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Hanson
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  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK

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