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The Great Divide: “Ruralisation” of Poverty in Russia

  • Christopher J Gerry


  • Eugene Nivorozhkin


    (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London)

  • John Rigg

    (CASE, London School of Economics, London)

Using data from the RLMS for the period 2000-2004 we investigate poverty trends in Russia. We find that urban poverty declines at twice the rate of rural poverty so that by 2004 poverty in Russia had become a largely rural phenomenon for the first time since transition began. This finding does not stem from changing population characteristics or shares, is not dependent on the use of a particular poverty line nor is it driven by the rapid expansions that have occurred in Moscow, St. Petersburg or other urban areas. Our findings flesh out those of Ravallion et al (2007) who, in contrast to other regions, “find signs” of a ruralisation of poverty in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. We attribute some of the differential to the labour market.

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Paper provided by CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN EUROPE,School of Slavonic and East European Studies,University College London (SSEES,UCL) in its series Working Papers with number 76.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2007
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Handle: RePEc:see:wpaper:76
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