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Sanctions and counter-sanctions: The use of political tools for economic purposes

Lyakin A.N. Saint Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation ( a.lyakin@spbu.ru )

Rogov M.I. Saint Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation ( mikhail.i.rogov@gmail.com )

Journal: National interests: priorities and security, #8, 2017

Importance This article reviews discriminatory measures of the Western countries against Russia and Russia’s reciprocal response as protectionism for attaining economic goals of the countries initiating the restrictions.
Objectives The research specifies the existing terminology, demonstrate that sanctions can be imposed only by the supranational organization that has respective authority in relation to its members. We also analyze benefits and losses of the discriminatory measures.
Methods Embargo and financial restrictions against Russia are viewed as extreme forms of the competition among national economies. We suggest evaluating the effectiveness of commodity and capital restrictions by comparing benefits and losses from them for the national economy, rather than the assessment of losses for counterparties. We applied methods of logic and statistical analysis, including graphic visualization.
Results Having analyzed the outcome of Russia’s protectionist measures to restrict the competition in agriculture, we found that sectors with a short pay-back period saw a rapid growth in production, and replaced imported goods. Sectors that need substantial investment rearranged the geography of supplies.
Conclusions and Relevance In the short run, the boycott appears more effective than embargo, since it pushes a growth in industries covered with a protectionist shield, while the embargo can be circumvented with a variety of trading ties in the global economy. In the long run, the boycott will not have an adverse effect on the competitiveness of the protected sectors, while the embargo impedes an economic growth and effective development of the sectors suffering the restrictions.


Assessment of the quality of health in the Russian Federation regions

Fedorova E.A. Financial University under Government of Russian Federation, Moscow, Russian Federation ( ecolena@mail.ru )

Chernikova L.I. Financial University under Government of Russian Federation, Moscow, Russian Federation ( tariff2004@mail.ru )

Rogov O.Yu. Financial University under Government of Russian Federation, Moscow, Russian Federation ( fintech@gmx.ch )

Journal: Regional Economics: Theory and Pactice, #11, 2017

Subject The article deals with the study of the quality of health at the regional level, identifying the relationship between budget costs and the quantitative and qualitative indicators of the healthcare industry in the Russian Federation.
Objectives The article aims to assess the quality of health in the regions through a cluster approach.
Methods For the study, as the source data, we used data from the Federal State Statistics Service compendiums for each region of Russia. The analysis covers an array of data for 2006–2015. As well, we used the method of index numbers. To select clusters, we applied a variance test.
Results In the course of the study, three cluster groups were identified for consideration. The analysis found no unequivocal correlation between qualitative and quantitative health indicators and health costs.
Relevance The proposed clustering of the Russian Federation regions will make it possible to identify problems that impede quality improvement in healthcare.


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