nep-cis New Economics Papers
on Confederation of Independent States
Issue of 2009‒02‒28
two papers chosen by
Anna Y. Borodina
Perm State University

  1. The Russian Regional Convergence Process : Where Does It Go? By Konstantin A. Kholodilin; Aleksey Oshchepkov; Boriss Siliverstovs
  2. Long-Term Effects of Forced Migration By Sarvimäki, Matti; Uusitalo, Roope; Jäntti, Markus

  1. By: Konstantin A. Kholodilin; Aleksey Oshchepkov; Boriss Siliverstovs
    Abstract: This paper investigates the income convergence among Russian regions in the period 1998-2006. It makes two major contributions to rather extensive literature on the regional convergence in Russia. First, it identifies spatial regimes using the exploratory spatial data analysis. Second, it examines the impact of spatial effects on the convergence process. Our results show that the overall speed of regional convergence in Russia, being low by international standards, becomes even lower after controlling for spatial effects. However, when accounting for the spatial regimes, we find a strong regional convergence among high-income regions located near other high-income regions. Our results indicate that estimation of speed of convergence using aggregate data may result in misleading conclusions regarding the nature of convergence process among Russia's regions.
    Keywords: Regional convergence; d-convergence; ß-convergence; spatial regimes; spatial effects
    JEL: C21 O47 R12
    Date: 2009
  2. By: Sarvimäki, Matti (London School of Economics); Uusitalo, Roope (VATT, Helsinki); Jäntti, Markus (Abo Academy of Finland)
    Abstract: We study the long-term effects of human displacement using individual-level panel data on forced migrants and comparable non-migrants. After World War II, Finland ceded a tenth of its territory to the Soviet Union and resettled the entire population living in these areas in the remaining parts of the country. We find that displacement increased geographical and occupational mobility. Furthermore, displacement increased the long-term income of men, but had no effect on that of women. We attribute a large part of the effect to faster transition from traditional (rural) to modern (urban) occupations among the displaced.
    Keywords: migration, displaced persons, regional labor markets
    JEL: J60 O15 R23
    Date: 2009–02

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