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Socio-economic effects of labor migration from small towns of Russia


  • N. Mkrtchyan
  • Yu. Florinskaya.


The article examines labor migration from small Russian towns: prevalence of the phenomenon, the direction and duration of trips, spheres of employment and earnings of migrants, social and economic benefits of migration for households. The representative surveys of households and migrant-workers by a standardized interview were conducted in four selected towns. Authors draw a conclusion about high labor spatial mobility of the population of small towns and existence of positive effects for migrant’s households and the economy of towns themselves.

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  • N. Mkrtchyan & Yu. Florinskaya., 2016. "Socio-economic effects of labor migration from small towns of Russia," VOPROSY ECONOMIKI, N.P. Redaktsiya zhurnala "Voprosy Economiki", vol. 4.
  • Handle: RePEc:nos:voprec:2016-04-5

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    Cited by:

    1. T. G. Nefedova, 2019. "Old-Developed Regions of the Russian Center in the Shadow of the Moscow Capital Region," Regional Research of Russia, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 329-339, October.
    2. Mkrtchyan, N. & Florinskaya, Y., 2019. "Residents of Small and Mid-Size Towns of Russia: Labor Migration as an Alternative to Permanent Transfer," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 43(3), pages 78-94.
    3. Mkrtchyan, Nikita (Мкртчян, Никита) & Florinskaya, Yulia (Флоринская, Юлия), 2017. "Migration of Specialists in the Context of the In-Country Migration of Russians [Миграция Специалистов На Фоне Внутристрановой Миграции Россиян]," Working Papers 031714, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
    4. T. M. Maleva & A. Ya. Burdyak, 2019. "Territorial Mobility of the Russian Population in the Context of Social Dynamics," Regional Research of Russia, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 350-358, October.

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    small towns; Russian households; labor migration; wages.;

    JEL classification:

    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers


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