nep-cis New Economics Papers
on Confederation of Independent States
Issue of 2008‒06‒21
four papers chosen by
Anna Y. Borodina
Perm State University

  1. Building institutions for growth and human development: an economic perspective applied to the transitional countries of Europe and CIS By Zeghni, Sylvain; Fabry, Nathalie
  2. The Gender Earnings Gap inside a Russian Firm : First Evidence from Personnel Data - 1997 to 2002 ; Updated Version By Thomas Dohmen; Hartmut Lehmann; Anzelika Zaiceva
  3. "Household specialisation and gender equality in transition. Paid and unpaid work of women and men in Soviet and post-Soviet Taganrog" By Katz, Katarina; Sand, Lena
  4. Impact of Government Expenditure on Growth: The Case of Azerbaijan By Junko Koeda; V. Kramarenko

  1. By: Zeghni, Sylvain; Fabry, Nathalie
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to analyse in a more qualitative way the role of institutions in transitional countries in the CEECs and CIS. The main question we address is: what kind of institutional arrangement leads to Human development? We propose an analytical pattern where global performance (i.e. Human development) is the final outcome of a new institutional arrangement.
    Keywords: Institution; Transition; Human Development; Growth
    JEL: P30 O17 P27
    Date: 2008–05
  2. By: Thomas Dohmen; Hartmut Lehmann; Anzelika Zaiceva
    Abstract: Using unique personnel data from one Russian firm for the years 1997 to 2002 we study the size, development and determinants of the gender earnings gap in an internal labor market during late transition. The gap is sizable but declines strongly over the entire period. Gender earnings differentials are largest for production workers who constitute the largest employee group in the firm. Various decompositions show that these differentials and their dynamics remain largely unexplained by observable characteristics at the mean and across the wage distribution. Our analysis also reveals that the earnings differentials for production workers largely stem from job assignment, as women are predominately assigned to lower paid jobs. Earnings gaps within job levels are small and almost fully explained by observed characteristics.
    Keywords: Gender earnings gap, personnel data, internal labor market, Russia
    JEL: J16 M52 P23
    Date: 2008
  3. By: Katz, Katarina (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University); Sand, Lena (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)
    Abstract: Using unique survey data from the Russian industrial city Taganrog in 1989 and 1998, we analyse changes in the gender division of labour among gainfully employed women and men, pre- and post-transition. In Soviet Taganrog, dual earner families predominated, but nevertheless men were usually primary earners, while women did the bulk of housework. After transition, contrary to early predictions, aggregate female and male employment rates have declined to a similar extent but the time-use data indicate increased gender specialisation among the employed .Thus, the dual earner norm mainly remains but the pre-existing gender difference within it has increased considerably, particularly among couples with pre-school children.<p>
    Keywords: Non-market work; gender division of labour; Russia
    JEL: D13 J16 J22 P39
    Date: 2008–06–09
  4. By: Junko Koeda; V. Kramarenko
    Abstract: This paper evaluates a fiscal scenario based on the assumption of a rapid scaling-up of expenditure to be followed by a rapid scaling-down in the context of Azerbaijan's current temporary oil production boom. To this end, it relies on a review of historical precedents and a neoclassical growth model. Based on both strands of analysis, the paper suggests that the evaluated fiscal scenario poses significant risks to growth sustainability.
    Keywords: Working Paper , Azerbaijan , Government expenditures , Economic growth , Public investment , Oil revenues ,
    Date: 2008–05–05

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