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Prof. Dr. Michael Rochlitz

Michael Rochlitz

Professor of Institutional Economics


Address: Max-von-Laue-Straße 1, 28359 Bremen

Building: WiWi2, Room: F 2040

E-Mail: michael.rochlitzprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Phone: +49 (0)421 218-66990

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Curriculum Vitae

Current Position


Since 2019

Professor of Institutional Economics, University of Bremen


Past Positions


2017 - 2019

Research Fellow,  Department of Sociology, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich

2014 - 2017

Assistant Professor, School of Politics, Higher School of Economics, Moscow


Post-doctoral Fellow, International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID), Higher School of Economics, Moscow




2009 - 2013

PhD in Economics, Institute for Advanced Studies, IMT Lucca

2012 - 2013

Visiting Lecturer, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg

2010 - 2011

Visiting Researcher, School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London

2007 - 2008

MSc Development Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

2002 - 2007

MA Development Studies, Sciences Po Paris


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Putin’s Plan 2.0? What Might Stand Behind Russia’s Constitutional Reform, Russian Analytical Digest, 246: 8-9

Collective Memories, Propaganda and Authoritarian Political Support, with Alessandro Belmonte, Economic Systems, forthcoming

Property Rights in Russia after 2009: From Business Capture to Centralized Corruption?, with Anton Kazun and Andrei Yakovlev, Post-Soviet Affairs, forthcoming


Federalism in China and Russia: Story of Success and Story of Failure? with Alexander Libman, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

The Political Economy of Collective Memories: Evidence from Russian Politics, with Alessandro Belmonte, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (in press)

The Return of the Siloviki: An Introduction, Russian Politics, 4(4): 493-498

Control over the Security Services in Periods of Political Uncertainty: A Comparative Study of China and Russia, with Nikolay Petrov, Russian Politics, 4(4): 546-573


The Siloviki in Russian Politics (2018), with Andrei Soldatov, in The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia, edited by Daniel Treisman, Brookings

The Power of the Siloviki: Do Russia’s Security Services Control Putin, or Does He Control Them? (2018), Russian Analytical Digest, 223: 2-4


Violent Pressure on Business and the Size of the Informal Economy: Evidence from Russian Regions (2017), in The Informal Economy in Global Perspective, Polese et al. (ed.), Springer Nature


Unter Räubern - Russland: Investitionsrisiko Unternehmensplünderungen, with Anton Kazun and Andrei Yakovlev, Osteuropa, 66(5): 95-110


Performance Incentives and Economic Growth: Regional Officials in Russia and China, with Vera Kulpina, Thomas Remington and Andrei Yakovlev, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 56(4): 421-445

At the Crossroads: Putin's Third Presidential Term and Russia's Institutions, Political Studies Review, 13(1): 59-68

How (Not) to Measure Russian Regional Institutions, with A. Baranov, E. Malkov, L. Polishchuk and G. Syunyaev, Russian Journal of Economics, 1(2): 154-181; Russian version published in Voprosy Ekonomiki, 87(2): 69-10


Corporate Raiding and the Role of the State in Russia, Post-Soviet Affairs, 30(2-3): 89-114; paper included in "The Russian Economy" (2017), a collection of "the most informative and influential works on the Russian economy", edited by Stephen Fortescue

Absorptive Capacity Compared: Evidence from Sectoral Data, with Letizia Montinari, Applied Econometrics and International Development, 14(2): 25-46



Associate Fellow, International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID), Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Member of the Russia Political Insight  Team

Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics (SIOE)

Association for Slavonic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)