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Changes in the use of time and the state of health of the Russian population in the 1980s-1990s


  • Viktor Artemov

    () (Department of social problems Institute of Economics & Industrial Engineering Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences)

  • Olga Novokhatskaya

    () (Department of social problems Institute of Economics & Industrial Engineering Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences)


This is an attempt to answer a question about how changes in the time use and in health the population relate to each other, what connection exists between duration and character of work and the state of health. The paper draws on the data from two rounds of time budget surveys of: 1) families who kept record of their incomes and expenditures (the RF Goskomstat, 1977-1990 – over 28 thous. families), 2) the rural population of the Novosi-birsk region (IEIE SB RAS, 1975-1999, 1400-1100 persons in each). In these rounds the “previous day” ap-proach was used. Used were also the data of questionnaire surveys and official statistics. Last 20 years are a unique period in the Russian modern history reflected in most different forms on all aspects of life, including time use, everyday activity and health of population. The analysis of relationship between time use and health was made at macro levels. Health is presented by life expectancy. Time use is presented by aggregated structure of average time budget, respectively. The assessment by respondents of changes in living conditions and in their own state is seen as a measure of social-psychological well-being of the population. The direction and degree of influence between “time use – state of health” depend on macro and micro life conditions, on social-psychological well-being of the society and individual, on the “initial’ state of health of the individuals.

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  • Viktor Artemov & Olga Novokhatskaya, 2008. "Changes in the use of time and the state of health of the Russian population in the 1980s-1990s," electronic International Journal of Time Use Research, Research Institute on Professions (Forschungsinstitut Freie Berufe (FFB)) and The International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR), vol. 5(1), pages 1-25, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:leu:journl:2008:vol5:p1-25

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    Time budget; everyday activity; living conditions; life expectancy; social changes;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • P29 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Other


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