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Enterprise Restructuring in Russia's Transition Economy: Formal and Informal Mechanisms


  • Susan J Linz

    (Michigan State University)

  • Gary Krueger

    (Macalester College)


This paper examines the nature and scope of enterprise restructuring in Russia using two sources firm-level data. The first involves a panel of over 2,000 civilian manufacturing firms in Moscow, Tver, Volgograd, Rostov, and Novosibirsk The second involves data collected from a series of in-depth interviews conducted benveen 1994 and 1997 with top-level managers in 47 firms located it Moscow, Tver, Nizhny, Volgograd and Novosibirsk. The objective of the paper is threefold. First, we summarize the existing literature on enterprise restructuring, and evaluate the pros and cons of a number of restructuring measures that have been used in studies of privatized firms in Russia and other transition economies. Second, we apply two measures of enterprise restructuring to our data to investigate the extent of variation by industry, ownership structure, and location. Third we examine in detail the question of whether barter enhances or impedes enterprise restructuring in Russia.

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  • Susan J Linz & Gary Krueger, 1998. "Enterprise Restructuring in Russia's Transition Economy: Formal and Informal Mechanisms," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 40(2), pages 5-52, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:compes:v:40:y:1998:i:2:p:5-52

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    JEL classification:

    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
    • P42 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Productive Enterprises; Factor and Product Markets; Prices
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill


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