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Russian Cities in Transition: The Impact of Market Forces in the 1990s

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  • Ira N. Gang

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    (Rutgers University)

  • Robert C. Stuart

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    (Rutgers University)

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This paper analyses Russian city growth during the command and transition eras. Our main focus is on understanding the extent to which market forces are replacing command forces, and the resulting changes in Russian city growth patterns. We examine net migration rates for a sample of 171 medium and large cities for the period 1960 through 2002. We conclude that while the declining net migration rate was reversed during the first half of the 1990s, restrictions continued to matter during the early years of transition in the sense that net migration rates were lower in the restricted than in the unrestricted cities. This pattern seemingly came to an end in the late 1990s.Length: 20 pages

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Paper provided by Rutgers University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 200408.

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Date of creation: 13 May 2004
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Keywords: cities; city growth; migration; Russia; urbanization;

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  1. Ira N. Gang & Robert C. Stuart, 1999. "The Political Economy of Russian City Growth," Departmental Working Papers 199908, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.
  2. Yuri Andrienko & Sergei Guriev, 2003. "Determinants of Interregional Mobility in Russia: Evidence from Panel Data," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 551, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
  3. Ira N. Gang & Robert C. Stuart, 1999. "Mobility where mobility is illegal: Internal migration and city growth in the Soviet Union," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 117-134.
  4. Clayton, Elizabeth & Richardson, Thomas, 1989. "Soviet Control of City Size," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 38(1), pages 155-65, October.
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