Impact of ethno-demographic structure of the population on performance of the Russian regions
The paper considers how the productivity and innovations of Russian regions are associated with the heterogeneity of the population by ethno-linguistic affiliation, as well as by country and region of origin. The study contributes to the corpus of papers on economic impact of cultural diversity with the focus on Russia and addresses questions what are the spatial effects of the impact. We find positive associations of the productivity with population heterogeneity by country and region of origin, and the knowledge generation with heterogeneity within the group of immigrants. Our results also contribute to the economic policy by obtaining positive significant spatial effects for the productivity and knowledge creation for Russian regions and by defining main significant factors for these effects.