Monthly Report No. 2/2019


Andrei V. Belyi, Peter Havlik, Artem Kochnev and Ilya B. Voskoboynikov

wiiw Monthly Report No. 2, February 2019
44 pages including 3 Tables and 30 Figures

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  • Chart of the month: The Russian economy and oil prices
    by Peter Havlik
  • Opinion corner: Russia’s new social contract in light of the oil taxation reforms 
    by Andrei V. Belyi
  • The fiscal rule and the foreign exchange market in Russia: Stepping in the same river twice?
    by Artem Kochnev
    Last month the Central Bank of Russia announced its return to the foreign exchange market, according to the fiscal rule implemented in 2017. This note finds that the previous round of the currency interventions by the Bank of Russia was effective in stabilising exchange rate movements by counterbalancing the effects of the oil price changes on the Russian currency.
  • Global slowdown and the Russian economy
    by Ilya B. Voskoboynikov
    The article reviews long-run sources of Russian economic growth and demonstrates that the stagnation of the Russian economy in the past decade can be considered in the context of the global productivity slowdown. Conventional industry growth accounting shows that in contrast to the transformational recession before 1998, the recent stagnation of 2008-2014 is primarily the outcome of a slowdown in total factor productivity (TFP) growth and a deterioration in the allocation of labour, rather than bottlenecks in capital inputs. 
  • Monthly and quarterly statistics for Central, East and Southeast Europe


Reference to wiiw databases: wiiw Annual Database, wiiw Monthly Database

Keywords: oil price, balance of payments, oil taxation, social contract, ‘energy superpower’ concept, fiscal rule, foreign exchange market, growth accounting, total factor productivity, structural change, capital intensity

Countries covered: Russia

Research Areas: Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy