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Экономическая свобода или государственное регулирование: анализ предпочтений россиян

Брюханов М. В., Поляченко С. С.

In this work, we analyze attitudes of the Russian people toward government price regulation, free international trade and immigration. We compared responses of individuals questioned in the year 2013 in the framework of RLMS-HSE survey, and showed mean difference of economic liberal preferences of Russians with different social and economic backgrounds. Our analysis demonstrates that most Russian people do not share economic liberal values. Russians treat free trade, immigration and economic consequences of immigration with caution but relatively liberally. Using regression analysis, we show positive correlation of individual education, wealth, business experience and positive economic expectations with economic liberal preferences. We documented that representatives of senior age group prefer price regulation and protectionism more. We also conducted regression analysis of relation between economic liberal preferences and other specific factors commonly considered in the field literature. Our main results are in line with findings widely discussed in the field literature.