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Is the Russian Virtual Economy Coming to an End?: Institutional Change in the Arkhangelsk Forest Sector
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Regional Science (CERUM).
2006 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Since the spring of 1997, the Forestry Program at IIASA has been engaged in a study called “Institutions and the Emergence of Markets―Transition in the Russian Forest Sector”. The IIASA research group has looked at problems related to the institutions governing the Russian forest sector. In its first phase (1998–2001) the study sought to identify institutional problems hampering the further development of the Russian forest sector. Case studies were performed in eight Russian regions. In its second phase (2000–2002), so-called policy exercise workshops were held in four of the eight case study regions. In these workshops the findings of the case studies were presented to the stakeholders in the respective regions and a discussion was initiated about future regional forest policies. In a third phase, starting in 2003, after the in-house research activity was over, the study has been continued outside the institute by a member of the previous IIASA team. A follow-up study of the behavior of forest sector enterprises in one of the previous case study regions (Arkhangelsk Oblast) has been conducted with the purpose of assessing the recent development of the institutional set-up characterizing the so-called virtual economy. The present report presents the findings of this assessment.

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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria , 2006. , 87 p.
, IIASA Interim Report, IR-06-048
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-7090OAI: diva2:146761
Available from: 2008-01-03 Created: 2008-01-03Bibliographically approved

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