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Did Post-communist Privatization Increase Mortality?


  • John S Earle

    (George Mason University and Central European University, 3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1, Arlington, VA 22201, USA)

  • Scott Gehlbach

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 110 North Hall, 1050 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53703, USA)


We reexamine the recent controversy over the possibility that mass enterprise privatization raised mortality in post-communist countries. Our analysis demonstrates that the country-level correlation of privatization and mortality reported in previous research is not robust to recomputing the mass-privatization measure, to assuming a short lag for economic policies to affect mortality, and to controlling for country-specific mortality trends. Our analysis of data from Russian regions also finds no evidence that privatization increased mortality. Finally, we show that there is little support for the assertion that privatization could have influenced mortality by increasing unemployment.

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  • John S Earle & Scott Gehlbach, 2011. "Did Post-communist Privatization Increase Mortality?," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 53(2), pages 239-260, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:compes:v:53:y:2011:i:2:p:239-260

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    1. Vladimir A. Kozlov & Dina Y. Balalaeva, 2015. "Institutional Deficit and Health Outcomes in Post-Communist States," HSE Working papers WP BRP 25/PS/2015, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

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