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Determinants of Nationalization in the Oil Sector: A Theory and Evidence from Panel Data
In this paper we study nationalizations in the oil industry around the world in 1960-2002. We show, both theoretically and empirically, that governments are more likely to nationalize when oil pricesExpand
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The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism
Using a unique dataset, we describe the degree of ownership concentration in Russian economy and its role in shaping economic and political institutions in Russia. In particular, we find that RussianExpand
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Determinants of Interregional Mobility in Russia
The paper studies the determinants of internal migration in Russia. Using panel data on gross region-to-region migration flows in 1992-99, we estimate the effect of economic, political and socialExpand
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Why Resource-poor Dictators Allow Freer Media: A Theory and Evidence from Panel Data
Every dictator dislikes free media. Yet, many nondemocratic countries have partially free or almost free media. In this article, we develop a theory of media freedom in dictatorships and provideExpand
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(Un)Happiness in Transition
Despite strong growth performance in transition economies in the last decade, residents of transition countries report abnormally low levels of life satisfaction. Using data from the World ValuesExpand
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Determinants of Interregional Mobility in Russia: Evidence from Panel Data
The Paper studies determinants of internal migration in Russia. Using panel data on gross region-to-region migration flows in 1992-99, we estimate the effect of economic, political and socialExpand
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Red Tape and Corruption
We study the emergence and interaction of red tape and corruption in a principal-bureaucrat-agent hierarchy. The principal is to provide the agent with a unit of a good that involves externalities soExpand
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Smuggling Humans: A Theory of Debt-Financed Migration
We introduce financial constraints in a theoretical analysis of illegal immigration. Intermediaries finance the migration costs of wealth-constrained migrants, who enter temporary servitude contractsExpand
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The Economy of People's Republic of China from 1953
This paper studies growth and structural transformation of the Chinese economy from 1953 to 2012 through a lens of a two-sector growth model. The main goal of the paper is to provide a systematicExpand
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Was Stalin Necessary for Russia's Economic Development?
This paper studies structural transformation of Soviet Russia in 1928-1940 from an agrarian to an industrial economy through the lens of a two-sector neoclassical growth model. We construct a largeExpand
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