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What do Russians think about Transition?

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  • Irina Denisova

    (CEFIR - Center for Economic and Financial Research - CEFIR)

  • Markus Eller

    (Oesterreichische Nationalbank - Oesterreichische Nationalbank)

  • Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

    (NES - New Economics School - New Economics School)

Abstract

We use data from the 2006 round of the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey to describe perceptions of the Russian population about the transition process and the role of the state compared with that of free markets. We find that about one-half of the Russian population is disappointed with transition and a large majority is in favour of high state regulation and state provision of goods and services. High demand for government regulation and increased state intervention coexists with a low level of trust in government institutions and recognition of high and rising levels of corruption. The findings are consistent with the theory developed by Aghion et al. (2009). In an environment with poor social capital, private business imposes negative externalities on the society and society chooses to demand more state regulation and tolerate corruption to reduce these externalities. We also find that individual perceptions of social capital and corruption co-vary with the demand for regulation, as predicted by the theory.

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  • Irina Denisova & Markus Eller & Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, 2010. "What do Russians think about Transition?," Post-Print halshs-00754454, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00754454
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0351.2009.00381.x
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    Keywords

    Russia; Transition; Attitudes; Perceptions; Trust; Regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General

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