Paul Dower will present his current research “The Stolypin Reform and Agricultural Productivity in Late Imperial Russia”
NES Center for the Study of Diversity and Social Interactions and the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development are pleased to announce their 10th joint Research Seminar on Diversity and Development.
Professor Paul Castañeda DOWER (NES) will present his current research “The Stolypin Reform and Agricultural Productivity in Late Imperial Russia”.
Working language of the seminar is English.
The seminar will take place in the HSE campus building at Slavyanskaya l. 4/2, room 506, at 4 p.m. on June 9, 2015.
We would like to ask everyone who requires a pass to the HSE to register for the seminar via http://goo.gl/YbyUvA until 1 p.m. June 9.
We study the effect of improvements in peasants’ land tenure, launched by the Stolypin reform, on agricultural productivity in late imperial Russia. The reform allowed peasants to obtain land titles and consolidate separated land strips into single allotments. We find that consolidations increased land productivity. We argue that changes in peasant de facto land usage rights caused this effect. In contrast, the titling component of the reform was associated with a decrease in land productivity. We present evidence that this negative effect was driven by transaction costs to exit the commune and the outflow of labor from the countryside.