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Insider Privatization and Careers - A Study of a Russian Firm in Transition

Guido Friebel, Elena Panova

NBER Working Paper No. 12998
Issued in March 2007
NBER Program(s):Labor Studies

We study how transition has affected human resource policies of a Russian heavy industry firm. Our data set contains personnel files of 1538 white-collar workers over 17 years: from 1984 to 2000. We find career paths before the first year of Gaidar's reforms, 1992, when Russian transition to a market economy began. After 1992, promotions are blocked, because both (i) more managers are hired from the outside, and (ii) fewer managers leave the firm. A possible reason is an extremely weak outsider property rights enforcement in Russia. Keywords: institutional environment and internal labor market, transition to a market economy.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w12998

Published: Guido Friebel & Elena Panova & Kathryn Shaw, 2008. "Insider Privatization and Careers: A Study of a Russian Firm in Transition," NBER Chapters, in: The Analysis of Firms and Employees: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, pages 253-266 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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