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On the Financial ReformIn Russia’s Higher Education


  • Tatiana Klyachko

    (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration)

  • Sergey Sinelnikov-Murylev

    (Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy)


The article deals with higher education reform in Russia. Special attention is paid to the innovations after the Federal law No 83 was adopted (2010). The authors analyze whether the reforms lead to financial self-dependence of universities, whether they do create a more competitive environment (which promotes a better education), and how the normative per capita financing affects the higher education system. Analysis of the first reform steps shows: the results are contradictory, many applied methods do not lead to the desired effect. The main obstacles are other institutions: first of all the system of higher education institutions accreditation and licensing. For further efficiency growth of higher education political (administrative) methods are needed. Only after application of administrative methods the economic methods will work properly. During the reforms it is also necessary to account for the social situation in the country.

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  • Tatiana Klyachko & Sergey Sinelnikov-Murylev, 2012. "On the Financial ReformIn Russia’s Higher Education," Working Papers 0052, Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, revised 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:gai:wpaper:0052

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    higher education; welfare state; human capital;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development


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