Wednesday, June 10, 2009


As seen by The Economist (here and here):

"...a recent study by McKinsey, a consultancy. It looked into five sectors of the Russian economy and found that, although productivity has improved over the past decade, it is still only 26% of American levels. Bureaucracy and corruption are stifling it. It takes six times as long to obtain construction permits in Russia as in Sweden and, despite cheaper labour and land, the cost of building a distribution centre is a third more expensive than in London, according to McKinsey. When profit margins were 25%, construction firms could afford to pay off bureaucrats. Now they cannot..."

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