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Living Conditions and Poverty in Russia


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  • Irina Kortchagina

    (IPSEP, Moscow)

  • Lilia Ovtcharova

    (IPSEP, Moscow)

  • Lidia Prokofieva

    (IPSEP, Moscow)

  • Patrick Festy

    (INED, Paris)

  • Daniel Verger

    (INSEE, Paris)

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    A couple of serious economic crises recently (1992 and 1998) have drastically cut living standards (by half in 1992) in Russia. Life expectancy for men is now just 58.8 years, down five years from 1990. For women, it is now 72 years, two years less than a dozen years ago. Infant mortality is still high compared with Western European countries, although it is steadily falling. The population is showing a downward trend. High divorce rates and children living with their parents to solve the problems of scarce housing explain the high frequency of lone parent families and complex households. The transition to the market economy disrupted the labour market. The drop in earnings has been accompanied by an increase in inequality and poverty: lone parent families, large families and seniors are faced with particularly disadvantageous living conditions, especially in the small towns.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 383-384-385 (2005)
    Issue (Month): (December)
    Pages: 219-244

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es383-384-385k

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    Keywords: Multiple Dimensions of Poverty; Socialist Country in Transition; Russia;

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