The Sub-federal Administrative Regulation in Russia

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The paper analyses the sub-federal administrative entry regulation in Russia: registration, licensing, and certification. Two problems are addressed: 1) what are the consequences of the sub-federal initiatives in the administrative regulation? and 2) what are the motivations of the regional authorities behind these initiatives? The methodology used is empirical analysis testing of the contradicting predictions of different theories of regulation: public interest theory, capture theory, economic theory of regulation, and the tollbooth theory.

The analysis is based on the newly constructed data set, which composes the characteristics of administrative regulation, indexes of economic performance and indicators of institutions in 82 Russian regions, the period spans from 1992 through 2005.

The estimations of the proposed regressions provide some support to all theories. However the predictions of the economic theory of regulation and of the tollbooth theory have got more confirmations. The conclusion is that the sub-federal administrative regulation in Russia was mostly self-interested. The intervention of the regional authorities was harmful for the high performing regions in Russia; it did not cure market failures and resulted in the reducing of competition in small business.


Keywords: Sub-federal Regulation, Registration, Licensing, Certification, Russia
Stream: Economics and Management
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Evgeniya Kolomak

Lrading fellow, Department of regional systems, Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering SB RAS
Novosibirsk, Russian Federation

A Russian citizen, born in Novosibirsk in 1964 graduated from Novosibirsk State University in 1987, received degree of Doctor of Economics from the Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences in 2006, currently is a Leading Fellow and head of a research group in the Institute of Economics and IE SB RAS and a Professor in the Economics Department of Novosibirsk State University. Research Interests: Economics of Transition, Economics of Federalism, Econometrics. Teaching Experience: Public Economics, Microeconomics, Econometrics.

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