Governors Matter

23 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2017

See all articles by Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

Miami University of Ohio - Miami University Hamilton

Jevgenijs Steinbuks

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

This study uses the latest 2011 round of the Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey for the Russian Federation to take a closer look at regional‐level factors influencing the business environment in Russia. Specifically, the study explores the role of regional administrations and variables of administrative continuity and governor origin in shaping regional business environment. The findings reveal that regional businesses in Russia are (1) acutely anxious about administrative transitions (as expressed in gubernatorial replacements) and favour administrative continuity, and (2) favour government officials that are locally embedded. The analysis suggests that many localities in Russia have witnessed the emergence of mutually beneficial state‐business arrangements that are inimical to economic competition.

Keywords: Russian regions, informal institutions, state‐business relations, corruption

Suggested Citation

Sharafutdinova, Gulnaz and Steinbuks, Jevgenijs, Governors Matter (July 2017). Economics of Transition, Vol. 25, Issue 3, pp. 471-493, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2978912 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecot.12124

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova (Contact Author)

Miami University of Ohio - Miami University Hamilton

Jevgenijs Steinbuks

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

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