Fixing Russia's Banks: A Proposal for Growth

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Fixing Russia's Banks documents how Russia's financial system is built on what Michael S. Bernstam and Alvin Rabushka call ersatz banks. These inferior imitation banks have served largely as tools of the government to redistribute public funds to favored firms. The highly vaunted achievements of privatization, removal of price controls, and foreign trade liberalization have failed to produce growth because of a lack of private financing. National income has declined nearly 40 percent since 1992, with no ...
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Fixing Russia's Banks documents how Russia's financial system is built on what Michael S. Bernstam and Alvin Rabushka call ersatz banks. These inferior imitation banks have served largely as tools of the government to redistribute public funds to favored firms. The highly vaunted achievements of privatization, removal of price controls, and foreign trade liberalization have failed to produce growth because of a lack of private financing. National income has declined nearly 40 percent since 1992, with no recovery in sight.
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Researchers from the Institution argue that Russian banks were imitations designed largely to redistribute public money to favored firms during the Soviet era and are totally incapable of operating in a capitalist environment. They offer a proposal based on swapping debt for equity. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780817995720
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/1998
  • Series: Publication Series
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael S. Bernstam, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, is an economic demographer who studies economic systems in their relationship with income, population, financial development, natural resources, the environment, conflict, and other social change. Alvin Rabushka, the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, works in the public policy areas of taxation in the United States and abroad, economic development in the Pacific Rim countries, and the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe, notably Russia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Russian Economic Conditions 5
2 The Nonmonetary System and the Ersatz Banking System in Russia: 1991-1995 21
3 The Emergence of a Resource-Based Monetary System, Hamstrung by the Persistence of Ersatz Banks: 1996-1997 55
4 Will Russia Maintain Its Emerging Monetary System and Develop Real Banks? 1998 and Beyond 87
About the Authors 109
Index 111
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