nep-cis New Economics Papers
on Confederation of Independent States
Issue of 2012‒12‒15
three papers chosen by
Alexander Harin
Modern University for the Humanities

  1. Development of the Banking Sector in Russia in 2011 By Mikhail Khromov; Alexey Vedev
  2. The Gorbachev Anti-Alcohol Campaign and Russia's Mortality Crisis By Jay Bhattacharya; Christina Gathmann; Grant Miller
  3. Gender Inequality and the Sex Ratio in Three Emerging Economies By Prabir C. Bhattacharya

  1. By: Mikhail Khromov (Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy); Alexey Vedev (Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy)
    Abstract: The financial sphere of Russia was the first sector of the national economy which was affected by the global economic crisis of 2008. Financial markets were hit first and then the banking sector experienced the liquidity problem to be followed by a full-scale economic crisis in Russia. Early in 2011, all the factors pointed to the fact that the banking sector overcame the crisis, and it seemed the upward development began. The banking sector had at its disposal huge available resources for expansion of lending to the non-financial sector.
    Keywords: Banking sector, Russian economy
    JEL: E43 E44 E51 E58 G15 G21 G24
    Date: 2012
  2. By: Jay Bhattacharya; Christina Gathmann; Grant Miller
    Abstract: Political and economic transition is often blamed for Russia’s 40% surge in deaths between 1990 and 1994. Highlighting that increases in mortality occurred primarily among alcohol-related causes and among working-age men (the heaviest drinkers), this paper investigates an alternative explanation: the demise of the 1985-1988 Gorbachev Anti-Alcohol Campaign. Using archival sources to build a new oblast-year data set spanning 1978-2000, we find a variety of evidence suggesting that the campaign’s end explains a large share of the mortality crisis – implying that Russia’s transition to capitalism and democracy was not as lethal as commonly suggested.
    JEL: I12 I18 N34
    Date: 2012–12
  3. By: Prabir C. Bhattacharya
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to study inequality and deprivations as reflected in the human sex ratio (commonly defined as the number of males per 100 females). The particular focus is on three emerging economies, viz., Russia, India and China. The paper compares and contrasts the experiences of these countries and discusses policy issues. It is noted that while the feminist perspective on the issues surrounding the sex ratio is important, it would be wrong to view these issues always or exclusively through the prism of that perspective . It is also suggested that India and China probably have better prospects of sustained economic growth in the foreseeable future than does Russia.
    Date: 2012

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