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Differentiation of Social and Economic Situation in the Russian Regions and Problems of Regional Policy

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While the Russian economy as a whole in 1990s was lagging behind other post-communist countries in terms of performance and restructuring, there were considerable variations in the performance of Russian regions. The author tried to examine the effect of policy variables and initial conditions on the dynamics of interregional differentiation. The study is based on a panel data of Russian regions for 1990-1996. As measured by the change in per-capita income and gross regional product (GRP), regional trajectories seem to diverge. Whereas the influence of short- and medium-term policy variables on interregional differentiation is found to be very limited, the factors that best account for the varying performance are those relating to the initial conditions. A low starting point in terms of GRP per capita, and the size of the services sector, and a high share of agriculture correspond to a below-average performance.

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  • Mikheeva Nadezhda, 1999. "Differentiation of Social and Economic Situation in the Russian Regions and Problems of Regional Policy," EERC Working Paper Series 99-09e, EERC Research Network, Russia and CIS.
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    1. Libman, Alexander, 2009. "Essays on Asymmetric Federalism," MPRA Paper 21591, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Kolenikov, Stanislav & Shorrocks, Anthony, 2003. "A Decomposition Analysis of Regional Poverty in Russia," WIDER Working Paper Series 074, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. Stanislav Kolenikov & Anthony Shorrocks, 2005. "A Decomposition Analysis of Regional Poverty in Russia," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 9(1), pages 25-46, February.
    4. James K. Galbraith & Ludmila Krytynskaia & Qifei Wang, 2004. "The Experience of Rising Inequality in Russia and China during the Transition," European Journal of Comparative Economics, Cattaneo University (LIUC), vol. 1(1), pages 87-106, June.

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    Keywords

    economic reform; regions of Russia; interregional differentiation; gross regional product; personal incomes; convergence; divergence; regression analysis; panel data; regional policy;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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