The Political Legacy of the Gulag Archipelago

Natalia Kapelko

New Economic School (NES)

Andrei Markevich

New Economic School

October 30, 2014

We study the long-run consequences of the Gulag on political preferences in modern Russia. We find that the location of a Gulag camp in a district is positively associated with anti-communist voting during the last Soviet 1991 referendum and the first post-Soviet 1996 presidential election. We interpret these results causally, arguing that Gulag camps provided evidence on Soviet political repression, which, in turn, affected the elections’ results. We provide additional evidence on the validity of the “information” channel.

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JEL Classification: N14, P26

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Date posted: October 30, 2014  

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Kapelko, Natalia and Markevich, Andrei, The Political Legacy of the Gulag Archipelago (October 30, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2516635 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2516635

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Natalia Kapelko
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