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The Slow Road from Serfdom: Labor Coercion and Long-Run Development in the Former Russian Empire
Abstract This paper examines the long-run economic consequences of Russian serfdom. Employing data on the intensity of labor coercion just prior to emancipation in 1861, we document that a 25
Serfdom, Emancipation, and Off-farm Labour Mobility in Tsarist Russia
ABSTRACT Serfdom is the most well known institutional feature of Russia under the Tsars, but its empirical implications for growth and development have rarely been explored. This paper investigates
Big BRICS, Weak Foundations: The Beginning of Public Elementary Education in Brazil, Russia, India, and China
Our paper provides a comparative perspective on the development of public primary education in four of the largest developing economies circa 1910: Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC). These four
Collective Action and Representation in Autocracies: Evidence from Russia’s Great Reforms
We explore the relationship between capacity for collective action and representation in autocracies with data from Imperial Russia. Our primary empirical exercise relates peasant representation in
Living Standards in Nineteenth-Century Russia
Most of the studies of living standards in pre-revolutionary Russia by economic historians have focused on a narrow range of measures for predominantly urban areas. A micro-level analysis that
Democratization as a Continuous Choice: A Comment on Acemoglu and Robinson’s Correction to “Why Did the West Extend the Franchise?”
Acemoglu and Robinson recently provided a correction to proposition 1 in “Why Did the West Extend the Franchise” (Acemoglu and Robinson 2000), showing that for intermediate values of q (the
Russian Inequality on the Eve of Revolution
Careful handling of an eclectic data set reveals how unequal were the incomes of different classes of Russians on the eve of Revolution. We estimate incomes by economic and social class in each of
Did Ivan's vote matter? The political economy of local democracy in Tsarist Russia
Russia's emancipation of the serfs was accompanied by numerous other measures aimed at modernizing the Tsarist economy and society. Among these ‘Great Reforms’ was the creation of a new institution
Democratization As a Continuous Choice: A Comment on Acemoglu and Robinson's Correction to 'Why Did the West Extend the Franchise?'
Acemoglu and Robinson (2017) provide a correction to Proposition 1 in "Why Did the West Extend the Franchise?" (Acemoglu and Robinson 2000), showing that for intermediate values of q (the probability
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