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Economic fragmentation in Russia: The influence of international trade and initial conditions

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  • Daniel Berkowitz

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  • David DeJong

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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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  • Daniel Berkowitz & David DeJong, 2005. "Economic fragmentation in Russia: The influence of international trade and initial conditions," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 6(3), pages 253-268, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:ecogov:v:6:y:2005:i:3:p:253-268
    DOI: 10.1007/s10101-004-0092-8
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    1. Bruno, Randolph & Bytchkova, Maria & Estrin, Saul, 2011. "Institutions And Entry: A Cross-Regional Analysis In Russia," CEPR Discussion Papers 8283, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. Randolph Luca Bruno & Maria Bytchkova & Saul Estrin, 2013. "Institutional Determinants of New Firm Entry in Russia: A Cross-Regional Analysis," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 95(5), pages 1740-1749, December.
    3. Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten & Libman, Alexander & Yu, Xiaofan, 2014. "Economic integration in China: Politics and culture," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 470-492.

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