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Disability Risk and Miraculous Recoveries in Russia


  • Becker, Charles M.
  • Merkuryeva, Irina S.


This paper examines determinants of being disabled in Russia, along with the probability of moving from one disability status to another, using data from 1994 through 2002 from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey. Disability risk rises with age, declines with income and self-reported good health, and is lower for women. On the other hand, neither smoking nor drinking alcohol increase either the risk of being or becoming disabled.

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  • Becker, Charles M. & Merkuryeva, Irina S., 2005. "Disability Risk and Miraculous Recoveries in Russia," Working Papers 05-07, Duke University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:duk:dukeec:05-07

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    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • P36 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty

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