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Communism or communists? Soviet legacies and corruption in transition economies

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  • Libman, Alexander
  • Obydenkova, Anastassia
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    The paper investigates the influence of path dependence on corruption in Russian regions. We show that even twenty years after the collapse of the USSR, regions with a higher share of Communist Party members in the 1970s have substantially higher corruption.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 119 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 101-103

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:119:y:2013:i:1:p:101-103

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    Keywords: Corruption; Transition economies; Path dependence; Soviet legacies;

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