nep-cis New Economics Papers
on Confederation of Independent States
Issue of 2007‒01‒06
one paper chosen by
Anna Y. Borodina
Perm State University

  1. The Russian-Ukrainian Political Divide By Amelie Constant; Martin Kahanec; Klaus F. Zimmermann

  1. By: Amelie Constant (IZA, Georgetown University and DIW DC); Martin Kahanec (IZA); Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA, Bonn University, DIW Berlin, Free University Berlin and CEPR)
    Abstract: The Orange Revolution unveiled significant political and economic tensions between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians in Ukraine. Whether this divide was caused by purely ethnic differences or by ethnically segregated reform preferences is unknown. Analysis using unique micro data collected prior to the revolution finds that voting preferences for the forces of the forthcoming Orange Revolution were strongly driven by preferences for political and economic reforms, but were also independently significantly affected by ethnicity; namely language and nationality. Russian speakers, as opposed to Ukrainian speakers, were significantly less likely to vote for the Orange Revolution, and nationality had similar effects.
    Keywords: transformation, voting preferences, Ukraine, ethnicity, Orange Revolution
    JEL: D72 J15
    Date: 2006–12

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