ECONOMICS: Back to 1900

Russia's standard claim to vast economic progress got one more ringing refutation last week. After long study, Australian economist Colin Clark documented his conclusion that the rate of Soviet production per man-hour of work was less than one-eighth that of the U.S. "Economic progress in Russia," said Clark, "has been uncertain and slow, and the most recent figures indicate that productivity is now only at about [its] 1900 level."

The Russians, Clark finds, have achieved only one-fourth the productivity of Britain, two-fifths that of France. Russia is in a class with such...

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