Ukraine: The Cost of Weak Institutions

 
Author/Editor: Tiffin, Andrew
 
Publication Date: July 01, 2006
 
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Summary: Ukraine has the potential to be a very wealthy country. It has a well-educated workforce, some of the best agricultural land in the world, an enviable supply of hydrocarbons and minerals, and a relatively well-developed infrastructure. Despite these advantages, however, Ukraine's per capita income remains low. Using a cross-country stochastic-frontier framework, this paper argues that Ukraine's failure to tap its full potential is mainly a result of its market-unfriendly institutional base. With an inherited Soviet framework that is ill suited to the needs of a market economy, Ukraine has been slow to establish the institutions needed to use its resources efficiently. The paper provides a quantitative guide to the benefits, in terms of potential output, of further structural reform. Looking forward, the study finds that durable growth in Ukraine will depend primarily on the authorities' ability to implement their ambitious reform agenda, and thereby to help secure the basic foundations of a modern market economy.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 06/167
Subject(s): Economic growth | Investment | Markets | Productivity | Transition economies | Ukraine

Author's Keyword(s): Total factor productivity | stochastic fronotiers | technical efficiency | institutions | transition economies
 
English
Publication Date: July 01, 2006
ISBN/ISSN: 0 / 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2006167 Pages: 29
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