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Middle Classes at Different Stages of Life Course

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  • Maleva, T.

    (Institute for Social Analysis and Prediction, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia)

  • Burdyak, A.

    (Institute for Social Analysis and Prediction, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia)

  • Tyndik, A.

    (Institute for Social Analysis and Prediction, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia)

Abstract

In this study a multicriteria stratification scale of the Russian society is constructed on the large-scale sociological research data. Keeping the continuity of middle classes methodology since the beginning of the 2000s, three equal-weighted criteria are used - wealth and property, social and professional status and self-identification. Together with our previous results the study shows the whole social structure to be very stable. For the last 15 years the size of the Russian middle class has remained constant, at about 20%. To analyze the prospects of the middle classes we modify stratification scale with regard to age criteria. The proto- and the post-middles are identified. The resource bindings are investigated for different social groups in their upward movement. Income growth is shown to have limited effects on the middle class increase.

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  • Maleva, T. & Burdyak, A. & Tyndik, A., 2015. "Middle Classes at Different Stages of Life Course," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 27(3), pages 109-138.
  • Handle: RePEc:nea:journl:y:2015:i:27:p:109-138
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    1. Vyacheslav Bobkov & Peter Herrmann & Igor Kolmakov & Yelena Odintsova, 2018. "Two-Criterion Model of the Russian Society Stratification by Income and Housing Security," Economy of region, Centre for Economic Security, Institute of Economics of Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, vol. 1(4), pages 1061-1075.
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    Keywords

    middle class; social mobility; sociological data;
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    JEL classification:

    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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