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Oligarchs and the Russian government: fight against corruption or the private business?

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  • Eren, Ozlem

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Many scholars have interpreted the Russian government’s attack on the private oil companies, as in the most famous Yukos Crisis, as a legitimate battle against corruption. However, in the transition economies, the state can abuse its power by acting like a monopoly and not letting any competitive firms to operate. It can easily do so, by disguising its aim of retaining its monopoly power as a “fight with corruption”. In this paper we build a game between the state firm (government) and the private firm (oligarchs), where the oligarchs can be of “strong” or “weak” type. Oligarchs use the amount of bribe to signal their type, and try to influence the government’s decision of whether confiscating the private firm by accusing it of being corrupt, versus letting her operate and collecting bribe.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 26414.

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Date of creation: Mar 2005
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:26414

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Keywords: game theory; power; Russia; transition economies; government; oligarchs; oil; privatization; corruption; bribe;

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  1. Acemoglu, Daron & Robinson, James A., 2000. "Democratization or repression?," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 44(4-6), pages 683-693, May.
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