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Speed of Reform, Initial Conditions, Political Orientation, or What? Explaining Russian Regions' Economic Performance

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Using a panel of 77 Russian regions from 1990-1998 we investigate the reasons behind largely differing regional growth performance. We consider politico-institutional characteristics, indicators of regional economic reform, and initial conditions (including economic, geographic and structural features). Surprisingly, differences in institutional characteristics or economic reform explain relatively little of the observed difference in regional growth performance. For example, we find no evidence that a region's economic performance has been influenced by the political orientation of its leaders, or the political preferences of the population. In contrast, a region's initial industrial structure, and both its natural and human resource endowments had a large impact on its economic growth performance during the nineties.

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  • Rudiger Ahrend, 2002. "Speed of Reform, Initial Conditions, Political Orientation, or What? Explaining Russian Regions' Economic Performance," DELTA Working Papers 2002-10, DELTA (Ecole normale supérieure).
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    1. World Bank, 2009. "Russian Federation - Regional development and growth agglomerations : the longer term challenges of economic transition in the Russian Federation," World Bank Other Operational Studies 3021, The World Bank.
    2. Lapo Valentina, 2003. "Spatial distribution of investment in Russia: the effect of agglomeration," EERC Working Paper Series 01-087e, EERC Research Network, Russia and CIS.
    3. Frey, Daniel & Frey, Miriam & Wieslhuber, Carmen, 2013. "Do natural resources define convergence clubs? Empirical evidence from the Kazakh regions," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 404-414.
    4. Lapo, Valentina, 2010. "Spatial concentration of production and investor expectations: the analysis of branch attraction of investments into regions," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 18(2), pages 3-19.
    5. Artelaris, Panagiotis & Arvanitidis, Paschalis & Petrakos, George, 2006. "Theoretical and Methodological Study on Dynamic Growth Regions and Factors Explaining their Growth Performance," Papers DYNREG02, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
    6. Sergei Guriev & Barry W. Ickes, 2000. "Microeconomic Aspects of Economic Growth in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, 1950-2000," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 348, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.

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