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Public Bureaucracy and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Russia’s Regions

Working paper
Authors Marina Nistotskaya
Anna Khakhunova
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Gothenburg
Publication year 2018
Published at Quality of Government Institute (QoG)
Department of Political Science
Language en
Keywords Merit, bureaucracy, entrepreneurship, Russia's regions
Subject categories Political Science


The paper examines the government-business relationships, by focusing on the effect of organizational design of public bureaucracies on entrepreneurship in Russia. Using novel data from an expert survey on bureaucratic structures across a large sample of Russia’s primary administrative units, we find that higher rates of merit-based employment to regional bureaucracies and lower rates of “at will” dismissals are positively associated with lower investment risk and higher entrepreneurship rates. This is conditional on a number of socio-economic factors, and robust to alternative specifications.

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