The Russian-Ukrainian Political Divide
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); DIW DC
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Central European University; Central European Labour Studies Institute
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); University of Bonn; Journal of Population Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6085
The Orange Revolution unveiled significant political and economic tensions between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians in Ukraine. Whether this divide was caused by purely ethnic differences or by ethnically segregated reform preferences is unknown. Analysis using unique micro data collected prior to the revolution finds that voting preferences for the forces of the forthcoming Orange Revolution were strongly driven by preferences for political and economic reforms, but were also independently significantly affected by ethnicity; namely language and nationality. Russian speakers, as opposed to Ukrainian speakers, were significantly less likely to vote for the Orange Revolution, and nationality had similar effects.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: Ethnicity, Orange Revolution, transformation, Ukraine, voting preferences
JEL Classification: D72, J15working papers series
Date posted: May 13, 2008
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