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Alexander Libman at the IERP Economic Colloquium

Prof. Dr. Alexander Libman (FUB) was invited by Prof. Dr. Michael Rochlitz to present his research at the IERP Economic Colloquium on May 11, 2021. Alexander discussed his paper (co-authored with Olga Vasilyeva) that looks at the legacies of Soviet giant infrastructural projects, which played an important role in the ideology and policy practice of Communist regimes. Using the natural experiment of the construction of Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM), they investigate the influence of these projects on post-Communist voting behavior. They show that the BAM legacies in Russia reduce the level of electoral support of United Russia, the party of power of Putin’s regime, and document possible mechanisms explaining this phenomenon.