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Integration or regionalization: regional industrial specialization in Russia

The article is devoted to the trends and determinants of the transformation of  Russian  regions'  industrial  specialization  during  the  period  of  economic growth. Using  the  methodology of  statistic  and  econometric  analysis  it  is  tested whether  the  tendency  of  diversification  dominates  the  tendency  of  regions’ industrial  specialization  in  1997-2004  and  whether  there  is  a  convergence  of Russian  regions'  industrial  structures.  The  considered  factors  of  industries' development in a particular location include the initial industrial structure, inter- and  intraregional  technologic  links  between  industries,  quality  of  investment climate, R&D potential, international competition.