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Labor Misallocation and Mass Mobilization: Russian Agriculture during the Great War


Paul Castañeda Dower


Florida International University

Andrei Markevich


New Economic School

May 20, 2016


Abstract:     
We exploit a quasi-natural experiment of mobilized draftees in Russia during World War I to examine the effects of a massive, negative labor shock on agricultural production. Employing a novel district-level panel dataset, we find that mobilization produces a dramatic decrease in cultivated area. Surprisingly, traditional farms with communal land tenure exhibit greater resilience to the labor shock than private farms. The resilience stems from peasants reallocating labor in favor of the commune because of the increased attractiveness of its nonmarket access to land and social insurance. Our results support an institutional explanation of factor misallocation in agriculture.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 75

Keywords: factor misallocation; agricultural production; mass mobilization; World War I; Russia

JEL Classification: D24, N44, N54 O12, O17, O20


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Date posted: March 26, 2013 ; Last revised: November 15, 2016

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Castañeda Dower, Paul and Markevich, Andrei, Labor Misallocation and Mass Mobilization: Russian Agriculture during the Great War (May 20, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2239084 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2239084

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Paul Castañeda Dower
Florida International University ( email )
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Andrei Markevich (Contact Author)
New Economic School ( email )
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