Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, housing and communal services benefits, in-kind benefits, Institutional reforms, monetization, CASE Reports, Russia, social assistance, social sector reform, CASE Network Studies and Analyses, transition

Experience in Implementing Social Benefits Monetization Reform in Russia. Literature Review.


 The paper focuses on the following issues: aims and motives of monetization reforms in Russia; expected outcomes of the reform; description of the implementation process; changes of the roles of various actors and agencies; compensation of housing and communal services (HCS) expenses in the course of HCS and monetization reforms; and the major gains and failures of the reform. The paper concludes with lessons that can be derived from the Russian monetization experience for the planned Ukrainian monetization reform. The paper is based on extensive research on the monetization reform in Russia and literature published by leading Russian independent research centers including the Independent Institute for Social Policy (IISP), the Institute for Urban Economics, the Centre for Economic and Financial studies (CEFIR), and the Institute for the Economy in Transition (IET).