Inter-regional Insurance and Redistribution – A Non-parametric Application to Russia
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The paper examines inter-regional insurance and redistribution of Russia's fiscal system from 1995 to 2007. We use non-parametric methods for robustness and to tackle econometric problems of endogeneity and poolability. We will also use several specifications of variables. We find that the Russian inter-regional insurance system should be considered a stabilizing scheme against tax income and budget expenditure shocks, rather than against gross product or population income shocks, as typically assumed in literature considering data of other countries. Furthermore, we find evidence that the differences in the insurance estimates are mainly due to Federation-wide policy changes rather than a result of asymmetric treatment of regions.
Keywordsinter-regional insurance Russia fiscal federalism non-parametric analysis
JEL ClassificationsP35 H77 C14
We would like to thank the Academy of Finland for research financing and Ilya Trounin, Mika Kortelainen, Mikael Linden, Pekka Ilmakunnas and two anonymous referees for valuable comments.
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