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New article in "European Journal of Political Economy"

An article by the ISCID assosiate fellow, professor of University of Bremen Michael Rochlitz, Evgeniya Mitrokhina (HSE University) and Irina Nizovkina (HSE University) "Bureaucratic discrimination in electoral authoritarian regimes: Experimental evidence from Russia" was published online in the journal "European Journal of Political Economy".

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Abstract: Are investors in electoral authoritarian regimes discriminated against for political activism? In this paper, we implement a simple experiment to test whether affiliation with the ruling party or the political opposition affects the probability that investors receive advice from investment promotion agencies in Russian regions. Between December 2016 and June 2017, we sent 1504 emails with a short question and a number of randomized treatments to 188 investment promotion agencies in 70 Russian regions. Although investment promotion agencies are nominally depoliticized in Russia, we find that switching the political affiliation of a potential investor from the opposition party “Yabloko” to the government party “United Russia” on average increases the chances to receive a reply by 30%. The effect strongly depends on regional levels of political competition, with higher levels of discrimination in regions that are less politically competitive.

Full version of the article is avaliable on the journal website.