Journal of Quantitative Economics

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 11–39 | Cite as

Regional Convergence in the Russian Federation: Spatial and Temporal Dynamics

  • Jens K. PerretEmail author
Original Article


Set in the context neoclassical growth theory the discussion of economic convergence is revisited in the context of the Russian Federation. Compared to previous similar studies, here a larger more comprehensive data set is implemented (1994–2013) allowing to check for differences in convergence during different time periods. Using a panel approach more reliable results are achieved. The stability of these results is strengthened by estimating Kernel density to test for the presence of potential groups of regions with different steady states, on the one hand, and Markov transition matrices to test for the temporal stability of the regions on the other. Finally, a quantile regression approach is used to assure overall stability of the convergence speed. All results show that Russia reports absolute convergence up to Vladimir Putin’s second term as president and occurring again during his third term in office and conditional convergence in all time periods. All results remain stable even when including spatial effects or when testing for temporal stability. Quantile regression analysis also reports a more or less stable speed of convergence across the whole time horizon which is significantly higher than comparable results for the US or across regions of the European Union.


Russian Federation Quantile regression Regional economics Economic convergence Growth dynamics Panel econometrics Spatial econometrics Kernel density estimation 

JEL Classification

C21 C23 P25 R11 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International School of Management (ISM)CologneGermany

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