Seductions of an Underdevelopment Trap: Systemic Impediments to Agricultural Reform in Russia
36 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2006
Date Written: July 2002
Despite ambitious agricultural reforms initiated by the federal government, inefficient and unprofitable producers predominate in post-Soviet Russia. However, in some regions, a more robust restructuring has taken place. Observing two Russian regions - one with substantially restructured agricultural production and one in which Soviet-style coordination predominates - we develop a model of the interactions between political and economic incentives that lead to these divergent outcomes. The model identifies region- and sector-specific characteristics that, while encouraging some regional governments to maintain Soviet-style redistribution structures and make producers forsake more efficient outcomes as more costly, push other regions to pursue reform.
Keywords: agriculture, collective farms, transition, Russian Federation
JEL Classification: P32, P26, D78
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