Corruption in Russia - Historic Legacy and Systemic Nature

22 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2018

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Gunther G. Schulze

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics

Nikita Zakharov

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 05, 2018

Abstract

This paper argues that corruption in Russia is systemic in nature. Low wage levels of public officials provide strong incentives to engage in corruption. As corruption is illegal, corrupt officials can be exposed any time, which enforces loyalty towards the powers that be; thus corruption is a method of governance. We trace the systemic corruption back to the Mongolian empire and demonstrate its persistence to the current regime. We show the geographic distribution of contemporary corruption within Russia, survey the literature on the causes, consequences, and cures of corruption in Russia, and discuss entry points to fighting it.

Keywords: corruption, governance, institutions, political economy, history, Russia

JEL Classification: D730, H110, H730, K420, N400, P370

Suggested Citation

Schulze, Gunther G. and Zakharov, Nikita, Corruption in Russia - Historic Legacy and Systemic Nature (February 05, 2018). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6864, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3143406

Gunther G. Schulze

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics ( email )

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D-79085 Freiburg
Germany

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Nikita Zakharov (Contact Author)

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics ( email )

Freiburg, D-79085
Germany

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