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Communism or communists? Soviet legacies and corruption in transition economies

  • 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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    6. Fuchs-Schundeln, Nicola & Alesina, Alberto, 2007. "Good-Bye Lenin (Or Not?): The Effect of Communism on People's Preferences," Scholarly Articles 4553032, Harvard University Department of Economics.
    7. Popov, Vladimir, 2001. "Reform Strategies and Economic Performance of Russia's Regions," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 29(5), pages 865-886, May.
    8. Geishecker, Ingo & Haisken-DeNew, John P., 2004. "Landing on all fours? Communist elites in post-Soviet Russia," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 700-719, December.
    9. Berkowitz, Daniel & Hoekstra, Mark & Schoors, Koen, 2012. "Does finance cause growth? Evidence from the origins of banking in Russia," BOFIT Discussion Papers 10/2012, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
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