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Poverty in the Russian Federation

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  • Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Ada

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    (IAE Barcelona (CSIC))

  • van Praag, Bernard M. S.

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    (University of Amsterdam)

Abstract

This paper is intended to shed light on the extent of poverty in the Russian Federation. We present estimates of poverty lines and poverty ratios derived from subjective questions used in a during data collection for a large household panel (RUSSET). We estimate poverty using a subjective approach, where the level of the poverty line is derived using the opinion of the individual, rich or poor, on poverty. This approach differs from the objective approach to poverty, which defines poverty according to the opinion of experts. Three subjective poverty lines are presented: one the Financial Satisfaction Poverty Line, two the Leyden Poverty Line, and three the Subjective Well-Being Poverty Line. The first two poverty lines are based on subjective questions regarding income and economic welfare while the last concept focuses on satisfaction with life as a whole. The results obtained are compared with each other and with results derived using ’objective’ measures and official figures.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 259.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2001
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Happiness Studies, 2001, 2 (2), 147-172
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Keywords: Poverty; subjective poverty; Leyden approach; well-being; Russian Federation.; financial satisfaction;

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  1. Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, 2013. "Happiness economics," SERIEs, Spanish Economic Association, vol. 4(1), pages 35-60, March.
  2. Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Ada, 2005. "Income and well-being: an empirical analysis of the comparison income effect," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(5-6), pages 997-1019, June.
  3. Dávila Quintana, C. Delia & Garcia, Vanessa del Pino González & Feijoó, Santiago Rodri­guez & Caro, Alejandro Rodri­guez, 2008. "Describing poverty in an ultraperipheral region: The case of the Canary Islands," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 1119-1133, June.
  4. Jean-Marc Falter, 2006. "Equivalence Scales and Subjective Data in Switzerland," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 142(II), pages 263-284, June.
  5. Lokshin, M. & Yemtsov, R., 2013. "Farewell to Destitution?," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 18(2), pages 158-161.
  6. Geishecker, Ingo & Haisken-DeNew, John P., 2004. "Landing on all fours? Communist elites in post-Soviet Russia," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 700-719, December.
  7. Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, 2002. "Subjective Questions to Measure Welfare and Well-being," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 02-020/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  8. Noelia Somarriba Arechavala & Bernardo Pena Trapero, 2008. "Quality Of Life And Subjective Welfare In Europe: An Econometric Analysis," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 8(2), pages 55-66.
  9. Graham, Carol & Eggers, Andrew & Sukhtankar, Sandip, 2004. "Does happiness pay?: An exploration based on panel data from Russia," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 55(3), pages 319-342, November.
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  11. Christopher J. Gerry & Carmen A. Li, 2002. "Vulnerability to welfare change during economic shocks: Evidence from the 1998 Russian crisis," Economics Discussion Papers, University of Essex, Department of Economics 541, University of Essex, Department of Economics.
  12. Delia Davila Quintana & Santiago Rodriguez Feijoó & Alejandro Rodriguez Caro & Vanessa del Pino González García, 2005. "Measuring Poverty In An Ultraperipheral Region - The Case Of The Canary Islands," ERSA conference papers ersa05p667, European Regional Science Association.
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