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Russian Economy: Comments, Essays, and Speeches

October 20, 2008

From Predation to Prosperity, Chapter 1

From Predation to Prosperity, Chapter 1, "Free and Not So Free to Charge: Income Redistribution and Russia's GDP Contraction, 1992-98, and Recovery, 1999-2007," consolidated, revised, and updated (Book chapter)

August 28, 2008

The Flat Tax at Work in Russia: Year Seven, 2007

The Federal Treasury of the Russian Federation has compiled the data for total taxes and revenues for the consolidated federal and regional budgets for 2006. The data show that the 13% flat tax on personal income continues to achieve very positive results.

December 13, 2007

The Flat Tax at Work in Russia: Year Six, 2006

The Federal Treasury of the Russian Federation has compiled the data for total taxes and revenues for the consolidated federal and regional budgets for 2006. The data show that the 13% flat tax on personal income continues to achieve very positive results.

September 21, 2007

Resolving Shia, Sunni, and Kurdish Claims Over Oil Revenue in Iraq

The United States, with support from the United Kingdom, invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003. The forces of Saddam Hussein were routed in a brilliant military campaign that lasted three short weeks. Toppling Saddam’s statue in central Baghdad, followed by President Bush’s talking about the “end of major combat operations when he landed on the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln on May 1, 2003, laid the foundation for a new Iraq, hopefully democratic, pro-Western, and an ally against al-Qaeda and other radical Islamic forces in the Middle East.

May 11, 2006

The Flat Tax at Work in Russia: Year Five, 2005

The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation has reported provisional data for total taxes and revenues for the consolidated federal and regional budgets for 2005.

April 13, 2006

China vs. Russia: International Bankers Run a Natural Experiment

Who would imagine international bankers running a natural experiment for us, free of charge? And yet, they did, in the mid-2000s in China and Russia.

January 10, 2006

An Accidental Illiberal Recovery: Russia, 1999–2005

This is a story of an accidental series of policy decisions with enormous consequences.

December 12, 2005

The Other Way to Win Iraq

It's economic policy. The new Iraqi government will be well positioned to implement it. Replace food rations with prepaid debit cards.

June 20, 2005

Russia Abolishes Inheritance Tax

Since July 26, 2000, numerous articles posted to this web site have chronicled Russia's adoption of the flat tax, its annual results, and other tax-rate reductions for corporations and small business.

April 25, 2005

China vs. Russia: Wealth Creation vs. Poverty Reduction

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The 2005 press release of the World Trade Organization (WTO) highlights the new role China is playing in the world.