Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/54060
Authors: 
Ofer, Gur
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2010,59
Abstract: 
Only recently, 20 years after transition to a market system, has Russia regained a similar production level it had achieved on the eve of transition in 1991. This may sound surprising, given its low productivity under central planning which dropped even lower during the last decades, and the rather high level of human capital inherited from the old regime, considered by many as the main engine of growth. The explanation may lie in Russia's difficulties and failure to transform the institutional infrastructure of the old regime to one that would support a market system and a democratic society, the second essential engine of growth. The paper surveys the difficulties of the institutional transformation using the 'new institutional economics' literature, and based on a number of international comparative studies provides evidence of the deep institutional weakness of Russia. Given the very high 'cost of transition', the question is raised whether the socialist growth strategy (as such) paid off.
Subjects: 
transition
institutions
Russia
economic growth
human capital
higher education
innovation
JEL: 
P30
P36
B52
T23
O50
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-296-2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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