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Firm behavior under production uncertainty: Evidence from Russia

Simo Leppänen, Mikael Linden and Laura Solanko

No 16/2009, BOFIT Discussion Papers from Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition

Abstract: Enterprises in post-socialist and transition economies often participate in providing infrastructure and social services to the surrounding community. We argue that this bundling of social and infrastructure goods provision with an enterprise s core operations is a fully rational choice in an uncertain environment. Using a stylized model, we show that this activity can be largely related to efforts by firms to increase their operational reliability. Our unique survey data suggest that this manifests itself through provision of more reliable infrastructure, stronger employee attachment to the firm, and better relations with the authorities.

Date: 2009-10-09
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Published in Published in Economic Systems, Volume 36, Issue 4, December 2012, Pages 522–530 as Firms, Public Good Provision and Institutional Uncertainty: Evidence from Russia

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