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Entrepreneurship and institutional change in Post-socialist rural areas - Some evidence from Russia and the Ukraine


  • Christos Kalantaridis
  • Lois Labrianidis
  • Ivaylo Vassilev


Are entrepreneurs in rural areas of Russia and the Ukraine any different from their urban based counterparts? What are the implications of the distinctiveness of rural entrepreneurship upon the institutional setting – given the weakness of the State? We focus upon the experience of rural areas of Novosibirsk and the Republic of Bashkortostan in Russia and Transcarpathia in the Ukraine. We argue that whilst in urban settings the advancement of post-socialist transformation resulted in increased diversity in the type of individual engaged in entrepreneurship. This raises concerns about the pace and direction of change in rural areas. However, even within the three localities under investigation there appears to be a growing divergence in the pathways of change.

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  • Christos Kalantaridis & Lois Labrianidis & Ivaylo Vassilev, 2007. "Entrepreneurship and institutional change in Post-socialist rural areas - Some evidence from Russia and the Ukraine," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 12(1), pages 9-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2007_01_kalantaridis

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    1. Tho Pham & Oleksandr Talavera & Mao Zhang, 2018. "Self-employment, financial development and well-being: Evidence from China, Russia and Ukraine," Working Papers 2018-03, Swansea University, School of Management.

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    entrepreneurs; institutions; rural areas; post-socialist transformation;

    JEL classification:

    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • P25 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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