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Growth in post-Soviet Russia: A tale of two transitions

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  • Berkowitz, Daniel
  • DeJong, David N.

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In the early stages of post-Soviet Russia's economic transition, small-scale entrepreneurial activity appeared to be a strong engine of growth. Moreover, striking regional variations in initial conditions and adopted policy reforms appeared useful in accounting statistically for observed regional variations in entrepreneurial activity. Here, we investigate whether these relationships have persisted as Russia's transition has continued to evolve, and find that they have not. We then document that the emergence of bank-issued credit, virtually non-existent outside of Moscow prior to 2000, has been an important engine of growth since 2000. Thus to date, Russia's post-Soviet development appears as a tale of two distinct transition paths.

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  • Berkowitz, Daniel & DeJong, David N., 2011. "Growth in post-Soviet Russia: A tale of two transitions," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 79(1), pages 133-143.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:79:y:2011:i:1:p:133-143
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2010.06.017
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    Keywords

    Economic transition; Initial conditions; Small enterprises;

    JEL classification:

    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics

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