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A ‘de Soto Effect’ in Industry? Evidence from the Russian Federation

William Pyle and Koen Schoors

No 33/2011, BOFIT Discussion Papers from Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition

Abstract: Russia's tremendous inter-regional variation in the pace of industrial land rights reform has meant that geography has helped determine the current tenure status of firms' production plots as much as any individual firm characteristics. By exploiting both this difference in the pace with which land reform has been carried out across Russia's federal subjects and a unique micro-level dataset, we present evidence strongly consistent with the proposition that more secure rights to land facilitate access to external financing. This finding is confirmed by other evidence from the survey that points to private land serving as an important source of collateral for Russian lenders and borrowers. JEL: 016, P25, P31, R14, R52 Keywords: industrial land, property rights, Russia, collateral

JEL-codes: P25 P31 R14 R52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-12-19
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Published in Published in The Journal of Law & Economics, Vol. 58, No. 2 (May 2015), pp. 451-480 by Alexei Karas, William Pyle and Koen Schoors

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