What Do Russians Think About Transition?

35 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2009

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Irina Denisova

Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR); New Economic School (NES)

Markus Eller

Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

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Date Written: October 2009


We use data from the 2006 round of the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS) to describe perceptions of the Russian population about the transition process and the role of the state compared to that of free markets. We find that about one half of Russian population is disappointed with transition and a large majority is in favor of high state regulation and state provision of goods and services. High demand for government regulation and increased state intervention coexists with a low level of trust in government institutions and recognition of high and rising levels of corruption. The findings are consistent with the theory developed by Aghion et al. (2009). In an environment with poor social capital, private business imposes negative externalities on the society and society chooses to demand more state regulation and tolerate corruption in order to reduce these externalities. We also find that individual perceptions of social capital and corruption co-vary with the demand for regulation, as predicted by the theory.

Keywords: perceptions, regulation, Russia, transition, trust

JEL Classification: P20

Suggested Citation

Denisova, Irina and Eller, Markus and Zhuravskaya, Ekaterina, What Do Russians Think About Transition? (October 2009). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7492, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507489

Irina Denisova

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