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The Russian Food, Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption Patterns during Transition


  • Rizov, Marian
  • Herzfeld, Thomas
  • Huffman, Sonya K.


The paper presents evidence on the impact of individual characteristics as well as regional macroeconomic factors onchanges in fat, protein, alcohol and tobacco consumption, and on diet's diversity during the transition period 1994 –2004 in Russia. The results from estimating first difference demand functions using Russian Longitudinal MonitoringSurvey (RLMS) data suggest that individual characteristics such as initial consumption patterns, gender, education,household income, and access to a garden plot all have a significant impact on the consumption behaviour. Regardingthe macroeconomic variables, inflation has a significant impact on alcohol and tobacco consumption, while unemployment significantly impacts only smoking behaviour. Russian consumers respond to own prices of fat and protein as well as to own prices of alcohol and tobacco but to a lesser extent. Analysis of subsamples based on different initial consumption patterns reveals significant heterogeneity in consumption responses.

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  • Rizov, Marian & Herzfeld, Thomas & Huffman, Sonya K., 2012. "The Russian Food, Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption Patterns during Transition," Staff General Research Papers Archive 35780, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:35780

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    food; alcohol; cigarette; consumption; transition; Russia;


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