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Does the Application of Alternative Methods Change the Pattern of Regional Inequality in Russia?

T. M. Maleva (), M. A. Kartseva (), P. O. Kuznetsova () and Alla Salmina
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T. M. Maleva: Institute for Social Analysis and Forecasting, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
M. A. Kartseva: Institute for Social Analysis and Forecasting, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
P. O. Kuznetsova: Institute for Social Analysis and Forecasting, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Regional Research of Russia, 2021, vol. 11, issue 1, 18-28

Abstract: Abstract— The main goal of this work is to find ways to improve the regional system for monitoring income inequality in Russia. In our paper we compare methods of measuring income inequality that are currently used in official statistics with alternative methods. Alternative indicators include those used by international organizations and those appearing in the economic literature. The empirical basis for the analysis is formed by the microdata of the Statistical Survey of Personal Income and Participation in Social Programs, held by Rosstat in 2017. Based on the results of the study, a list of additional indicators that allow to reveal specific features of regional income inequality in Russia was proposed. We also identified the list of Russian regions for which the use of additional inequality indicators is most appropriate. We expect that using the extended set of income differentiation measures will provide policymakers with an important information to design effective responses to inequality.

Keywords: inequality; income; equivalent income; Gini coefficient; Theil index; mean log deviation; Rosstat; regions; Russia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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