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Poverty Among the Disabled and Households with Disabled Members


  • R.R. Khasanova
  • A.O. Makarentseva


This article discusses the structure of disability in Russia and the problem of poverty among the disabled. Twelve million people with disabilities require social support from the state, a significant number of whom live in households of three or more people. When a member of the household is disabled, the risk of poverty increases many times over, since the majority of disabled persons who are working-age or children belong to households of three or more people. Single households tend to be less poor; the larger the family with a disabled member, the higher is the risk of poverty. Sample surveys show that a key drawback of Russia’s state programs related to social protection of disabled persons is their almost complete disregard for the specific needs of different groups of people with disabilities. Existing benefits are targeted at the individual recipients of social support measures rather than the overall household. The results of our research indicate that, despite the state’s great attention to reducing poverty particularly among people with disabilities, the poverty level of people with disabilities remains high in Russia.

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  • R.R. Khasanova & A.O. Makarentseva, 2019. "Poverty Among the Disabled and Households with Disabled Members," Problems of Economic Transition, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 61(1-3), pages 211-226, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:prectr:v:61:y:2019:i:1-3:p:211-226
    DOI: 10.1080/10611991.2019.1691889

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