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dc.contributor.authorGimpelson, Vladimiren_US
dc.contributor.authorTreisman, Danielen_US
dc.contributor.authorMonusova, Galinaen_US
dc.coverage.temporal1992-1998en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:18:33Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:18:33Z-
dc.date.issued2000en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/21003-
dc.description.abstractPublic employment grew surprisingly fast in Russia during the 1990s, at a time when total employment was falling. Most of this growth occurred in the country?s 89 regions, and rates varied among them. This paper seeks to explain this variation. Using panel data for 78 regions over 1992-1998 we test several hypotheses. We show that the increase in the share of public employment in total employment has been greatest where unemployment was highest and growing the fastest, in ethnically defined territorial units, and in regions which received larger federal transfers and loans. Regional governors appear to use public employment for several purposes: as a kind of economic insurance to cushion the population against unemployment; as a way of buying votes before elections; and, possibly, as a way of redistributing to minority ethnic groups. Their willingness to use it for any of these is conditioned by the level of federal financial aid they can attract. The paradoxical growth of public employment in Russia appears less a result of ignorant or irresolute central management than a perverse outgrowth of the competitive game of federal politics, in which regional governors use public sector workers as ?hostages? to extract transfers.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 161en_US
dc.subject.jelH11en_US
dc.subject.jelH51en_US
dc.subject.jelP62en_US
dc.subject.jelH52en_US
dc.subject.jelH72en_US
dc.subject.jelH77en_US
dc.subject.jelJ45en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordRedistributionen_US
dc.subject.keywordregional governmentsen_US
dc.subject.keywordunemploymenten_US
dc.subject.keywordtransfersen_US
dc.subject.keywordwagesen_US
dc.subject.keywordwage arrearsen_US
dc.subject.keywordRussiaen_US
dc.subject.keywordtransitionen_US
dc.subject.stwÖffentlicher Diensten_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsmarktpolitiken_US
dc.subject.stwPublic Choiceen_US
dc.subject.stwRegionale Arbeitslosigkeiten_US
dc.subject.stwEinkommensumverteilungen_US
dc.subject.stwFinanzausgleichen_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwRusslanden_US
dc.titlePublic Employment and Redistributive Politics: Evidence from Russia?s Regionsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn318740044en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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