nep-cis New Economics Papers
on Confederation of Independent States
Issue of 2008‒03‒01
two papers chosen by
Anna Y. Borodina
Perm State University

  1. Does poverty research in Russia follow the scientific method? By Lokshin, Michael
  2. Benchmarking the Efficiency of Public Expenditure in the Russian Federation By David Hauner

  1. By: Lokshin, Michael
    Abstract: This paper presents the first critical review of literature on poverty published in Russia between 1992 and 2006. Using a dataset of about 250 publications in Russian scientific journals, the authors assess whether the poverty research in Russia satisfies the general criteria of a scientific publication and if such studies could provide reliable guidance to the Russian government as it maps out its anti-poverty policies. The findings indicate that only a small proportion of papers on poverty published in Russia in 1992-2006 follow the universally-recognized principles of the scientific method. The utility of policy advice based on such research is questionable. The authors also suggest steps that could, in their view, improve the quality of poverty research in Russia.
    Keywords: Tertiary Education,Population Policies,Poverty Monitoring & Analysis,Science Education,Scientific Research & Science Parks
    Date: 2008–02–01
  2. By: David Hauner
    Abstract: This paper benchmarks the efficiency of public expenditure in the social sectors in the Russian Federation relative to other countries and among the country's regions. It finds that there is substantial room for efficiency gains, particularly in health care and social protection, although less so in education. An econometric analysis of efficiency differences between the regions suggests that they are positively related to per capita income and the quality of governance and democratic control, while they are negatively related to the share of federal transfers in the respective region's government revenue and the level of spending relative to gross regional product.
    Keywords: Working Paper , Government expenditures , Russian Federation , Public sector , Productivity , Governance , Fiscal analysis ,
    Date: 2007–10–29

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