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Article

How (not) to measure Russian regional institutions

Russian Journal of Economics. 2015. Vol. 1. No. 2. P. 154-181.
Baranov Alexey, Malkov E., Polishchuk L., Rochlitz M., Syunyaev G. R.

The paper explores various measures of institutional quality in Russian regions, and
compares those measures to each other. Such analysis leads to the conclusion that Russian
regional institutions are essentially multidimensional, and therefore comparisons of
Russian regions in terms of their overall institutional quality could be problematic. New
institutional indices are derived from Russian enterprise surveys held under the BEEPS
project of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. Such indices yield
a typology of Russian regions in terms of efficacy of regional administrations' control over the
economy and bureaucracy in their regions. The dynamics of regional institutional indices are
investigated against the backdrop of Russia-wide institutional trends.