Transition Studies Review

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 686–708 | Cite as

Growth Patterns in the CIS-8: A Political Economy Approach

  • Alexander SalhiEmail author
  • Andreas Kern
  • Martin Rößler
World Transition Economy Research


On the whole GDP growth is usually considered robust in the CIS-8. However, there are remarkable differences in the quality of growth performances between the countries in the region. These differences cast doubts on the sustainability of the recent growth performance in some Caspian/Caucasian countries. This paper tries to develop a basic understanding of the different qualities of growth performance other than GDP growth rates. Therefore, we distinguish between volume-driven and efficiency-driven growth. Taking into account different resource endowments, we identify different patterns of physical capital accumulation and development of Total Factor Productivity (TFP) growth. The results of our fixed effects model indicate that governance has a significant positive effect on TFP and GDP per capita growth, whereas our results for regime type indicate a non-linear relationship. Therefore, we conclude that institutional quality seems to be the major determinant causing efficiency-driven growth and is thus of major importance when assessing the sustainability of growth paths in the region.


Economic transition Sustainable catch-up process Total factor productivity Institutions Natural resources CIS-8 

JEL Classification

O16 O43 O47 



Special thanks for excellent research assistance to Martine Perry and Anne Schindler.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Salhi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andreas Kern
    • 1
  • Martin Rößler
    • 1
  1. 1.Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European IntegrationFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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