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TI - Quo Vadis: Inequality and Poverty Dynamics Across Russian Regions
T2 - World Bank Poverty Net
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KW - cost-of-living
KW - household budget survey
KW - inequality dynamics
KW - market transition
KW - poverty dynamics
KW - regional differentiation
KW - Russia
AB - This paper analyzes regional data on inequality and poverty in Russia
over the period 1994-2000 using published series from the regionally
representative Household Budget Survey. The paper finds that the
share of inequality in Russia coming from the between-regions
component is large (close to a third of the total inequality),
growing over time, and accounting for most of the increase in the
national inequality over 1994-2000. The paper demonstrates an absence
of inter-regional convergence in incomes across Russian regions using
various techniques, such as beta, sigma convergence and the
transition matrix approach. On the other hand, the paper finds an
evidence of convergence in the inequality within regions, which is
trended towards an internationally high level. Based on these two
findings, the paper projects dynamics of inequality and poverty in
Russia over a ten years time horizon. Projections show that if the
observed trend is to continue in the future, by 2010 the absolute
majority of the Russia's poor will be concentrated in few permanently
impoverished regions, while relatively more affluent regions will
become virtually free of poverty. Finally, the paper relates
fluctuations in the inequality within regions to a set of factors
determining the speed of restructuring at the regional level,
classified into four broad categories: endowments and initial
conditions, preferences, policies, and shocks; among these factors
short run fluctuations of the unemployment rate are revealed as
significant and strong correlates of inequality.
AU - Yemtsov, Ruslan
UR - http://ecsocman.hse.ru/text/16246233/
PY - 2002
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