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Russia: firm entry and survival


  • Ruta Aidis

    () (UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies)

  • Yuko Adachi

    () (SSEES, University College London Sophia University, Japan)


Why are there so few new firms in Russia? This paper provides further insights into the specific Russian business landscape and how it impacts the low level of new firm entry. As this paper indicates, internationally comparative data does not provide many clues since in terms of purely formal constraints, Russia fairs comparatively well. However, a deeper analysis uncovers the informal impediments associated with the lack of rule of law, inconsistent enforcement of regulations, regional autonomy and pervasive corruption. These informal constraints form impediments not only for new firm creation but also for firm survival and firm exit. Since not all industries are affected in the same way, this paper includes a comparison between a new and traditional industrial sector: software development and the textile industry.

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  • Ruta Aidis & Yuko Adachi, 2006. "Russia: firm entry and survival," UCL SSEES Economics and Business working paper series 67, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES).
  • Handle: RePEc:see:wpaper:67

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    1. Kontorovich, Vladimir, 1999. "Has new business creation in russia come to a halt?," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 14(5-6), pages 451-460.
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    3. Ruta Aidis & Saul Estrin, 2006. "Institutions, Networks and Entrepreneurship Development in Russia: An Exploration," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp833, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
    4. Sergei Guriev & Andrei Rachinsky, 2004. "Ownership concentration in Russian industry," Working Papers w0045, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR).
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    1. Shirokova, Galina V. & Knatko, Dmitri M. & Vega, Gina, 2013. "Separation of Management and Control in SMES from Emerging Markets: the Role of Institutions," Working Papers 788, Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg State University.

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