nep-cis New Economics Papers
on Confederation of Independent States
Issue of 2009‒05‒23
two papers chosen by
Anna Y. Borodina
Perm State University

  1. Death of distance? Economic implications of infrastructure improvement in Russia By Brown, David; Fay, Marianne; V. Lall, Somik; Gun Wang, Hyoung; Felkner, John
  2. Power distribution in the electoral body with an application to the Russian Parliament By Fuad Aleskerov

  1. By: Brown, David (Heriot-Watt University); Fay, Marianne (World Bank); V. Lall, Somik (World Bank); Gun Wang, Hyoung (World Bank); Felkner, John (University of Chicago)
    Abstract: We examine the economic implications of infrastructure investment policies that try to improve economic conditions in Russia's peripheral regions. Our analysis of firm-level industrial data for 1989 and 2004 highlights a 'death of distance' in industrial location, with increasing concentration of new firms in regions with good market access. We assess the geographic determinants of growth econometrically and identify market size and proximity to Moscow and regional infrastructure as important drivers of productivity for new and for privately-owned firms. Simulations show that the benefits of infrastructure improvements are highest in the country's capital region where economic activity is already concentrated. Policies that divert public investment towards peripheral regions run the risk of slowing down national economic growth.
    Keywords: Transport infrastructure; gravity; distance; travel time; market access; multi-factor productivity; Russia
    JEL: D24 H54 R12 R53
    Date: 2008–07–18
  2. By: Fuad Aleskerov
    Abstract: This paper presents several new approaches to evaluate power distribution in an electoral body. We define the index of consistency of two groups’ positions (briefly, the consistency index) which is used to separate possible coalitions in the Parliament. This allows to analyze power distribution within restricted coalition formations. Then we provide several new power indices for the case in which the intensity of factions to coalesce is taken into account. Our analysis of the power distribution model extends the one proposed by Shapley-Owen. A new consistency index is given allowing to construct such an extension. We illustrate these approaches via the analysis of power distribution among factions in the Russian Parliament (Duma) from 1993 to 2005.
    Date: 2008–06

This nep-cis issue is ©2009 by Anna Y. Borodina. It is provided as is without any express or implied warranty. It may be freely redistributed in whole or in part for any purpose. If distributed in part, please include this notice.
General information on the NEP project can be found at For comments please write to the director of NEP, Marco Novarese at <>. Put “NEP” in the subject, otherwise your mail may be rejected.
NEP’s infrastructure is sponsored by the School of Economics and Finance of Massey University in New Zealand.