Original Article

Comparative Economic Studies

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 192-203

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Determinants of Russian enterprise performance: conclusions from the symposium

  • Saul EstrinAffiliated withCentre for New and Emerging Markets, London Business School, Regent's Park
  • , Alan BevanAffiliated withOffice of the Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange Square

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The relationship between enterprise performance and the various exogenous variables – ownership, competition, financial constraints – have been considered separately in the papers of this Special Issue. In this concluding paper, we analyse them together and investigate their interaction. We find that none of the variables except financial constraints play any role in determining the variation in economic performance of Russian enterprises in this period. Interaction effects are also unimportant; the dispersion is explained primarily by demand side and regional factors. However, competition and private ownership jointly influence the rate of restructuring. Taken together, the findings suggest the need for policy action to integrate the Russian market, to open it to international competition and to develop domestic capital markets.


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