FOOD SHORTAGES IN THE FORMER USSR: Mainly the Result of Monetary Imbalances

Wage, price, and monetary policies during the Gorbachev years have been most responsible for the food crisis in the republics of the former USSR, not problems in agricultural production. These non-agricultural policies distorted demand, weakened the distribution system, and created inflationary macroeconomic imbalance. In 1991, though, these conditions finally began to affect the supply side of the economy, causing output, not onlY In agricu ture but across sectors, to fall. The main short-run objective of the ambitious reform program begun by the Russian Republic in January 1992 is to restore macroeconomic balance and thereby eliminate the inflationary preshe

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