Automobile Use and the Standard of Living in East and West

Automobile Use and the Standard of Living in East and West

This article analyses figures of automobiles (and of all vehicles) in use per 1,000 population in various regions. It is found that automobile use is related to gross domestic product (or net material product), but that the number of automobiles in socialist countries is far below that would be expected from the pattern in free-market countries. But this is much less true of trucks and buses, and use of cars is increasing much faster in socialist countries.

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