Ownership Transformation, Economic Behavior, and Political Attitudes in Russia
John S. Earle
George Mason University - School of Public Policy; Central European University (CEU) - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
University of Strathclyde - Center for the Study of Public Policy; Robert Schuman Centre
Has the rapid ownership transformation in Russia had an impact on enterprise performance or on worker behavior and attitudes? This paper investigates this issue using data from a nationwide survey of 1,176 Russian workers conducted in April 1995. We focus on the two primary types of ownership change in Russia: the privatization of existing state-owned enterprises, and the creation (de novo) of new, private organizations. Examining such types of firm behavior as restructuring of product lines, investment in new equipment, changes in internal organization, influences on decision-making, and labor market behavior, we find large and significant differences between privatized and state- owned enterprises, and between new private and all old organizations, controlling for other firm characteristics. Differences in the labor market behavior and attitudes of workers are significant when comparing new and old firms, but less so when comparing privatized to state enterprises. Finally, we analyze the relationship between the ownership of the firm in which an individual works and her political attitudes and voting intentions, finding that employees of the privatized companies tend to be the most anti-reform group while those in new private firms are the most pro-reform.
JEL Classification: P26, P31, D21, L33working papers series
Date posted: May 17, 1998
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