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CREECA Lecture: Spending Preferences of Russian Regional Governors
November 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Dmitriy Vorobyev, PRIGO University (Czech Republic)
November 11, 2021, 4:00-5:15pm
224 Ingraham Hall
Dmitriy Vorobyev analyzes a unique dataset on personal characteristics of Russian regional governors serving between 2006 and 2019. Many of these governors have professional or educational military backgrounds. He combines the data with a panel of detailed regional budgets over the same period to identify any relationships between governors’ backgrounds and their spending preferences, and finds that governors with military backgrounds tend to distribute regional budgets very differently from those with civilian backgrounds, exhibiting stronger preferences towards pro-social expenditures and weaker preferences towards spending on the economy and infrastructure. This lecture will discuss several potential explanations for these findings.
About the Speaker: Dmitriy Vorobyev is a senior researcher at the Laboratory for International and Regional Economy at the Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg, Russia) and a research associate at the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute (CERGE-EI, Czech Republic) and PRIGO University (Czech Republic). He received his PhD in economics at CERGE-EI. Currently Dmitriy pursues research on political economy and public administration, primarily focusing on such issues as the role of information in political processes and efficiency of political institutions, both theoretically and empirically. View his website here.