Lobbying at the local level: social assets in Russian firms
Tuuli Juurikkala and
Olga Lazareva ()
No 1/2006, BOFIT Discussion Papers from Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition
In the planned economy firms were made responsible for providing their workers with social services, such as housing, day care and medical care.In the transforming Russia of the 1990s, social assets were to be transferred from industrial enterprises to the public sector.The law on divestment provided little more than general principles.Thus, for a period of several years, property rights concerning a major part of social assets, most notably housing, were not properly defined, as transfer decisions were largely left to the local level players.Strikingly, the time when assets were divested varied considerably across firms.In this paper we utilize recent survey data from 404 medium and large industrial enterprises in 40 Russian regions and apply survival data analysis to explore the determinants of divestiture timing. Our results show that in municipalities with higher shares of own revenues in their budget and thus weaker fiscal incentives, firms used their social assets as leverage to extract budget assistance and other forms of preferential treatment from local authorities. We also find evidence that less competitive firms were using social assets to cushion themselves from product market competition.At the same time, we do not find any role for local labor market conditions in the divestment process.
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (10) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Working Paper: Lobbying at the local level: social assets in Russian firms (2006)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:bof:bofitp:2006_001
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in BOFIT Discussion Papers from Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition Bank of Finland, BOFIT, P.O. Box 160, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Minna Nyman ().