Is Economic Reform Popular at the Polls: Russia 1995

Development Discussion Paper No. 598

Posted: 7 Jan 1999

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Andrew M. Warner

Harvard University - Center for International Development (CID)

Date Written: August 1997

Abstract

This paper presents evidence that Russian regions that pursued greater microeconomic reforms (small-scale privatization and price liberalization) as of Autumn 1995 also tended to support pro-reform parties in the December 1995 parliamentary elections. This positive association is not eliminated by controlling for urbanization, economic distress, education attainment, wage arrears, natural resource endowments, or poverty rates. The idea that causality may run from reform to support for reform is strengthened by instrumental variables estimation using a measure of regional decision-making autonomy (republic status) as an instrument for the privatization variable.

JEL Classification: P2, D72

Suggested Citation

Warner, Andrew M., Is Economic Reform Popular at the Polls: Russia 1995 (August 1997). Development Discussion Paper No. 598. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=122693

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