Economic fragmentation in Russia: The influence of international trade and initial conditions
Post-Soviet Russia has experienced a considerable degree of regional economic fractionalization. While previous evidence has assigned a causal role to openness to international trade in accounting for this phenomenon, we show here that evidence of this nature is less clear-cut upon conditioning on a set of regional-level pre-transition initial conditions, and focusing on international-trade activity measured at the regional rather than the national level. The variables used to quantify initial conditions include measures of standards of living, ethno-linguistic fractionalization, and most importantly, transportation infrastructure. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2005
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Volume (Year): 6 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
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