Finally, the discussion here is not about the general lack of attention to the military side of the economy in the Sovietological
literature alleged by several authors (Kontorovich, 2014).
com/p/articles/mi_mI282/is_n10_v43/ai_10847979; and "History of the Cold War: the CIA Estimates of Soviet Economic Strength," from John Howard Wilhelm, "The Failure of the American Sovietological
Economics Profession," Europe-Asia Studies 55, no.
A wider area in which mainstream economics produced harmful policy proposals for the USSR concerned what was known as 'economic reform', that is the introduction of market elements within the 'administrative-command economy', to use the pejorative Gorbachiev-era label, itself much influenced by the Sovietological literature (Grossman, 1963).
These fundamental aspects of the Soviet economy received little attention in the pre-collapse Sovietological literature.
The Sovietological analyses of the size and importance of the informal sector in the USSR (Grossman, 1977; Treml and Alexeev, 1994) made an important contribution to the economics of the informal sector.
For example, taking as his starting point the ratchet principle, as discussed in the Sovietological literature, Weitzman (1980) developed a model that analysed the dynamic incentive problem arising from the use of the ratchet principle and characterised the optimal policy for an enterprise subject to it.
Institutional economics has been influenced by the classic Sovietological studies about the relative efficiency of the Soviet system.
Nor does it consider work, such as that of Hurwicz and others on economic mechanism design, that may have been (partly) inspired by Soviet economic institutions but in which there are no explicit references to the Sovietological literature.
From the beginning, his work has highlighted factors that, while not at the focus of Sovietological
interest at the time, proved critical to the growing problems and eventual crisis that brought about the demise of the system.