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Economic fragmentation in Russia: The influence of international trade and initial conditions

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  • Daniel Berkowitz

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  • David DeJong

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Post-Soviet Russia has experienced a considerable degree of regional economic fractionalization. While previous evidence has assigned a causal role to openness to international trade in accounting for this phenomenon, we show here that evidence of this nature is less clear-cut upon conditioning on a set of regional-level pre-transition initial conditions, and focusing on international-trade activity measured at the regional rather than the national level. The variables used to quantify initial conditions include measures of standards of living, ethno-linguistic fractionalization, and most importantly, transportation infrastructure. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2005

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Volume (Year): 6 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 253-268

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  1. Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten & Libman, Alexander & Yu, Xiaofan, 2014. "Economic integration in China: Politics and culture," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 470-492.
  2. Bruno, Randolph & Bytchkova, Maria & Estrin, Saul, 2011. "Institutions And Entry: A Cross-Regional Analysis In Russia," CEPR Discussion Papers 8283, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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