Human capital, growth, and inequality in Russia

Chengze, Simon FAN, Jody OVERLAND, Michael SPAGAT

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Our model captures the fact that Russia has both much human capital and an education system that produces the wrong skills for a market economy. We define a rule for the timing of educational restructuring that is Pareto optimal and that dominates all later times in a Paretian sense while simultaneously reducing inequality. We demonstrate that failure to implement restructuring early in the transition process is likely to produce a very long delay that will significantly reduce Russia's human capital. A retreat from subsidizing public education is Likely to be counterproductive, We argue that early educational restructuring should be emphasized in Russia's transition strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)618-643
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Comparative Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999


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