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Economists at WarHow a Handful of Economists Helped Win and Lose the World Wars$
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Alan Bollard

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198846000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198846000.001.0001

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The Calculating Iceman

The Calculating Iceman

Leonid Kantorovich in the USSR, 1941–2

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Economists at War

Alan Bollard

Oxford University Press

The only way through the wartime Leningrad siege was a winter ice road across a lake, monitored by a brilliant young Soviet mathematician. Leonid Kantorovich had been brought up in the chaos of post-Czarist Russia, and during his pioneering career invented linear programming to help Soviet industry become more efficient, then worked out mathematical ways to improve the planning of the whole Soviet economy. But this was dangerous work, as Stalin disapproved of economists and cybernetics, had sent many to the gulags, and was trying to run the economy himself, despite all the practical problems of wartime central planning without prices.

Keywords:   Kantorovich, Stalin, linear programming, central planning, optimization, cybernetics

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