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- Modernization and the Russian Economy: Three Hundred Years of Catching Up
- Command Economy and its Legacy
- Russia’s Economic Transformation
- Transformational Recession
- Growth Trends in Russia After 1998
- Institutional Performance
- Corporate Governance in Russia
- The Russian Tax System
- The Unofficial Economy in Russia
- Russian Corruption
- Russia’s Dependence on Resources
- The Russian Oil Sector
- The Russian Natural Gas Sector
- The Russian Electricity Market: Variants of Development
- The Economics of Mineral Resources
- The Challenge of Reforming Environmental Regulation in Russia
- Economics of the Military-Industrial Complex
- Science, High-Tech Industries, and Innovation
- Blame the Switchman? Russian Railways Restructuring After Ten Years
- Russian Agriculture and Transition
- Russian Banking as an Active Volcano
- Financial and Credit Markets
- Russian Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Policy at the Crossroads
- Economic Geography of Russia
- Russian Fiscal Federalism: Impact of Political and Fiscal (De)centralization
- Regional Challenges: the Case of Siberia
- Labor Market Adjustment: is Russia Different?
- Higher Education Reform and Access to College in Russia
- Russia’s Health Care System: Difficult Path of Reform
- Poverty and Inequality in Russia
- Recent Demographic Developments in the Russian Federation
Abstract and Keywords
In this chapter we review economic, geographical, and historical literature on the spatial allocation of the economic activity in Russia. We distinguish three main factors that shaped Russian economic geography: physical geography, policy of the state, and historical circumstances. We discuss how these factors affected the location of population and economic activity from the sixteenth century to the present. We consider historical trends in population geography, industrial and migration policy during the imperial and Soviet eras, and the changes in spatial economy of Russia during the post-Soviet period.
Andrei Markevich is an Assistant Professor of Economic History at the New Economic School in Moscow, and an Associate Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, England. His research focus is the economic history, especially institutional aspects of economic development of Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Tatiana N. Mikhailova is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the New Economic School of Moscow and Senior Research Fellow, Center for Market Studies and Spatial Economics, the National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg. Her research focuses on population geography of Russia and the former Soviet Union.
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