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The joint seminar of Research Seminar on Diversity and Development «Do institutions cause social trust? Evidence from an institutional reform»

The joint seminar of Research Seminar on Diversity and Development «Do institutions cause social trust? Evidence from an institutional reform»

Dear colleagues,

NES Center for the Study of Diversity and Social Interactions and HSE
International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development are
pleased to invite you to the joint seminar of Research Seminar on
Diversity and Development.

Denis Ivanov (HSE) presents his paper “Do institutions cause social
trust? Evidence from an institutional reform” on Tuesday, April 18th.

The seminar takes place at HSE building on Shabolovka 26-4, room 4322.
The seminar begins at 5:00 p.m. on April 18, 2017.

Working language of the seminar is English.

We would like to ask everyone who requires a pass to the HSE to
register for the seminar at https://goo.gl/forms/Sp9brZmfdE5nwX6k1
until 10 a.m. April 18.

We look forward to seeing you!


 

«I attempt to disentangle a problem of causality between institutional
quality and interpersonal trust using evidence from a natural
experiment: mid-2000s institutional reforms in the post-Soviet nation
of Georgia. The reforms following the 2003 Rose Revolution were swift
and extensive, aiming mostly at combating corruption and organized
crime, improving law enforcement and economic liberalization. At the
same time, the neighboring nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan, both
former Soviet republics with cultural and economic background similar
to the Georgian one, experienced no such change, thus becoming
credible counterfactuals to Georgia.
To reduce unobservable heterogeneity between Georgia as a treatment
group, and Armenia and Azerbaijanas a control group, I exploit the
fact that republics borders during the Soviet era did not always
reflected the settlement patterns of ethnic groups, thus creating a
number of minorities separated from their ethnic kins by arbitrary
borders that were internal within the USSR but have become
international after the independence. In this particular case, Georgia
has several districts with predominantly Armenian and Azeri population
spanning along its border with Armenia and Azerbaijan. Comparing
people of the same ethnic group on both sides of the border allows
concentrating on differences in governance and formal institutions and
to diminish possible confounding effect of culture-related
heterogeneity.
Applying regression discontinuity design to the data from Life in
Transition and Caucasian Barometer surveys, I find that Armenian and
Azeri residents of Georgia have greater level of interpersonal trust
than their counterparts in Armenia and Azerbaijan. Perceptions of
corruption and rule of law are likely channels of influence.»