nep-cis New Economics Papers
on Confederation of Independent States
Issue of 2006‒12‒09
two papers chosen by
Anna Y. Borodina
Perm State University

  1. Estimating Russia's Impact on the Economic Performance of the Commonwealth of Independent States since 1991: The Cases of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine By Melinda Robson
  2. Informal Employment in Russia: Combining Disadvantages and Opportunities By Irina Merkuryeva

  1. By: Melinda Robson
    Abstract: This paper finds that Russia’s traditional forms of influence on growth in the case-study countries have generally declined during transition (with the notable exception of Tajikistan). Countries that have integrated into the global economy and undertaken robust domestic policy and structural reforms have overcome inherited economic distortions and reduced their ties with the CIS and Russia to a greater degree. However, new forms of economic linkage with Russia are emerging, most of which could have a significant impact on the key determinants of growth.
    Keywords: Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States, CIS, transition, economic growth, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine
    Date: 2006–05
  2. By: Irina Merkuryeva
    Abstract: The paper discusses the problem of informal employment in Russia, its structure and the factors contributing to the individual decisions making when choosing specific employment type. Informal employment is a highly diverse area comprising individuals with different profiles and motivations to prefer specific informal options over formal employment. Empirical findings using the 2003 NOBUS dataset confirm that defined groups of informally employed individuals are consistently different according to their main characteristics. This finding allows us to regard informal employment as a superior entrepreneurial sector or an inferior disadvantaged sector of the labour market depending on the specific segment.
    Keywords: Informal employment, Russia, labour markets
    JEL: J21 J24 O17 P2
    Date: 2006

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