Small Businesses in Russia: Institutional Environment

University of Maryland, Iris Working Paper #240

27 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2001

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Leonid Polischuk

University of Maryland - Center on Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS)

Date Written: January 2001

Abstract

In some transition countries, the number of small businesses continues to grow, and the most successful ones developed into larger firms. In others, including Russia, small and medium enterprise (SME) sectors, after a period of initial expansion, are stagnating or even declining, due to a lack of institutional foundations for sustainable development and growth of private businesses. This paper presents evidence of the above pattern in Russia and describes some of the obstacles the SME sector has been facing. It concludes that small businesses are caught in an institutional trap of policy making that neglects needs of smaller firms.

Keywords: SMEs, Russia, small and medium enterprise, small business

Suggested Citation

Polischuk, Leonid, Small Businesses in Russia: Institutional Environment (January 2001). University of Maryland, Iris Working Paper #240. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=260042 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.260042

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