Accession Number : AD0616430

Title :   THE TERMS OF SOVIET-SATELLITE TRADE: A BROADENED ANALYSIS,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Mendershausen,Horst

Report Date : 07 JAN 1960

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : The study led to the following findings about Soviet export prices: (1) Individual Satellite countries experienced different average degrees of price discrimination on Soviet exports. The discrimination effect tended to be stronger for the Balkan countries than for Poland, Czechoslovakia and East Germany. Poland was the only Satellite that enjoyed a continual decline in the degree of Soviet export price discrimination over the period as a whole. (2) In comparison to West Germany, East Germany's terms on Soviet exports were, on the average, consistently unfavorable during the period. (3) Finland and Egypt, two non-Bloc countries with especially close trade ties to the Soviet Union, tended to pay more for Soviet exports than did Free Europe as a whole, but less than the Satellites. (4) Soviet export prices to the Satellites showed sizable year-to-year fluctuations, for individual commodities. But the uneven timing of these fluctuations from commodity to commodity, which was caused by the noted lag effects, tended to smooth out the movements of a general index of Soviet export prices to the Satellites, relative to an index of such prices to Free Europe.

Descriptors :   (*ECONOMICS, USSR), (*COMMERCE, USSR), GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), FOREIGN POLICY, EAST GERMANY, WEST GERMANY, FINLAND, EGYPT, EUROPE, EASTERN EUROPE, COSTS, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, TABLES(DATA)

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