Seductions of an Underdevelopment Trap: Systemic Impediments to Agricultural Reform in Russia

 
Author/Editor: Amelina, Maria ; Gershenson, Dmitry
 
Publication Date: July 01, 2002
 
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Summary: Despite ambitious agricultural reforms initiated by the federal government, inefficient and unprofitable producers predominate in post-Soviet Russia. However, in some regions a more robust restructuring has taken place. Observing two Russian regions-one with substantially restructured agricultural production, and one in which Soviet-style coordination predominates-we develop a model of the interactions between political and economic incentives that lead to these divergent outcomes. The model identifies region- and sector-specific characteristics that encourage some regional governments to maintain Soviet-style redistribution structures and make producers forsake more efficient outcomes as more costly, while encouraging other regions to pursue reform.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 02/126
Subject(s): Agriculture | Russian Federation | Agricultural production | Economic models | Russia

Author's Keyword(s): Agriculture | collective farms | transition | Russian Federation
 
English
Publication Date: July 01, 2002
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA1262002 Pages: 35
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