M. V. Moroshkina. Spatial Development of Russia: Regional Disproportions

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15507/2413-1407.105.026.201804.638-657

Introduction. The topic of interregional differentiation is relevant due to the existing increase in disproportions in the Russian regions, which has an impact on the development of the state economy. The main objective of the study is to assess the level of interregional differentiation.

Materials and Methods. The study used the indicator of “general entropy”, in particular, the Theil index. The research methodology includes economic and mathematical methods of data processing, statistical data analysis packages, etc.

Results. In the course of the work, the research tasks were set and fulfilled: the development of Russian regions in the period of structural transformations was analyzed; indicators making it possible to assess the level of economic development of territories were provided; a coefficient was chosen, based on the calculation of which the level of interregional differentiation was estimated; the level of interregional differentiation was assessed. It has been proved that the periods of economic growth are characterized by faster rates of development of weak regions due to the state support and redistribution of budgetary funds mitigating territ orial differences. During the periods of economic recession, the state support is provided to the regions with competitive advantages, capable of changing the negative dynamics of the country’s economic development in order to accelerate economic growth.

Discussion and Conclusion. The results achieved can be used when designing the program of development of economic entities or drafting strategic documents. Interregional differences and disparities in most territories determine the dynamics of their development and the opportunities for economic growth, on which the economic policy pursued by the regional authorities should be based. In a competitive environment, the identification and further gaining strength from the advantages of the regions make it possible to form the policy of the region’s development which helps to make management decisions.

Keywords: Russian region, level of regional disparities, gross regional product per capita, Theil index, comparable prices, current prices

Acknowledgments. The study was conducted under the theme No. 0224-2017-0009 “Economic-mathematical modeling and forecasting the adaptation of regional socio-ecological-economic systems to changes in the global economy, changes in federal policy and other external shocks”.


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Submitted 27.06.2018; accepted for publication 04.08.2018; published online 28.12.2018.

About the author:

Marina V. Moroshkinа, Research Officer, Department of Modeling and Prognostication, Karelian Research Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences (11 Pushkinskaya St., Petrozavodsk 185910, Russia), Ph. D. (Economics), ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6520-4248, Researcher ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/O-9248-2015, maribel74@mail.ru

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Moroshkinа M.V. Spatial Development of Russia: Regional Disproportions. Regionologiya = Regionology. 2018; 26(4):638-657. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15507/2413-1407.105.026.201804.638-657

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