Russian Industrial Restructuring [E-Book]: Trends in Productivity, Competitiveness and Comparative Advantage / Rudiger Ahrend
Ahrend, Rudiger.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2004
29 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
englisch
10.1787/148133273748
OECD Economics Department Working Papers ; 408
Economics
Russian Federation
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This article investigates issues related to industrial restructuring in Russia. Based on extensive sectoral data it examines, more particularly, levels and changes in labour productivity, unit labour costs and revealed comparative advantages for a large number of Russian industrial sectors. The main findings are the following. First, impressive increases in labour productivity have been achieved since 1997, especially during the post-crisis period. Secondly, this has been true for all major sectors, with the exception of those which are still predominantly state controlled or which suffer from strong state interference. Thirdly, there have been significant relative adjustments within the industrial sector, as labour productivity increased more in less productive sectors. Since the crisis, relative unit labour costs have also adjusted considerably, as less competitive sectors experienced relatively slower wage growth and larger labour force reductions. Fourthly, international ...