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

Author/Editor:

Dmitry Gershenson ; Maria Amelina

Publication Date:

July 1, 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:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451854916/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1262002

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

35

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