Both authors acknowledge use of data from the New Europe Barometer surveys. We are grateful to IZA for making several surveys available to us and to Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forli and the Volkswagen-Stiftung for financial support. We thank Tito Boeri, Irina Denisova, John Earle, Mihails Hazans, Andrea Ichino, Hartmut Lehmann, Chiara Monfardini, Richard Rose, Claudia Senik, Zahra Siddique, Jonathan Wadsworth and seminar participants at the University of Bologna, Bocconi University, Moscow Higher School of Economics, BICEPS Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, IZA and CIDE, as well as participants at the Fourth IZA-World Bank Conference on Employment and Development for helpful comments and suggestions. We also thank the editor and two anonymous referees for very useful comments. A preliminary version of this research has appeared as ‘Transition fatigue? Cross-country evidence from micro data’, IZA Discussion Paper No. 4,224.
Did support for economic and political reforms increase during the post-communist transition, and if so, why?†
Article first published online: 26 FEB 2013
© 2013 The Authors Economics of Transition © 2013 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Economics of Transition
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 193–240, April 2013
How to Cite
Rovelli, R. and Zaiceva, A. (2013), Did support for economic and political reforms increase during the post-communist transition, and if so, why?. Economics of Transition, 21: 193–240. doi: 10.1111/ecot.12009
- Issue published online: 15 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 26 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Received: 27 MAR 2011
- Political economy of transition;
- support for reforms
We study the dynamics of individual support for changes in the economic and political system, using a unique dataset for 12 transition economies over the period 1991–2004. We document that support for transition was initially lower in the CIS countries and that there has been a converging trend in the support for reforms between the CIS and the Baltic and Central and Eastern European countries. We suggest several explanations for the initial divergence and the post-98 convergence in support for transition between these three groups of countries, and show that economic growth, declining income inequality and improving quality of governance have contributed to increase the support for transition. In addition, we find that increased support for the market economy and democracy in the CIS is accompanied by a larger increase in trust towards the political institutions. Our results also confirm the implications of Aghion et al. (2010)'s model of a negative correlation between trust and the demand for government regulation.