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  • Irina Denisova
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    This paper studies the determinants of Russian adult mortality controlling for both individual and household heterogeneity. We employ survival analysis and utilize 12 rounds of the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey spanning a 14-year period. Although confirming the crucial role of excessive alcohol consumption in shaping adult mortality risks in Russia, the results are original in several other respects. We find empirical support for the importance of relative status measured in non-income terms in shaping mortality hazards. We find evidence of the influence of labour market behaviour, and sectoral and occupational mobility in particular, on longevity. The detrimental role of smoking to health is found to be comparable with the role of excess alcohol consumption, which is novel in the Russian context where the influence of smoking is typically downplayed in comparison with alcoholism. Finally, we find no micro evidence in support of the political economy view based on a positive correlation between low alcohol prices and high mortality rates found in regional-level data. Copyright (c) 2010 The Author. Journal compilation (c) 2010 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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    Article provided by The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in its journal Economics of Transition.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (04)
    Pages: 333-363

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:etrans:v:18:y:2010:i:2:p:333-363

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    Cited by:
    1. Kumo, Kazuhiro, 2013. "Analysis on Russian Demographic Trends," Discussion Paper Series 42, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    2. Alexey Kalinin & Marina Kolosnitsyna & Liudmila Zasimova, 2011. "Healthy Lifestyles in Russia: Old Issues and New Policies," HSE Working papers WP BRP 02/PA/2011, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
    3. Kazuhiro Kumo, 2012. "Mortality Trends in Russia Revisited: A Survey," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd12-239, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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