Title

Human capital, growth, and inequality in Russia

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Comparative Economics

Publication Date

12-1-1999

Volume

27

Issue

4

First Page

618

Last Page

643

Abstract

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.

DOI

10.1006/jcec.1999.1617

Print ISSN

01475967

E-ISSN

10957227

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Fan, C. S., Overland, J., & Spagat, M. (1999). Human capital, growth, and inequality in Russia. Journal of Comparative Economics, 27(4), 618-643. doi: 10.1006/jcec.1999.1617