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Concentration of the Population and the Economy in the Capitals of Post-Soviet Countries

N. V. Zubarevich ()
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N. V. Zubarevich: Moscow State University

Regional Research of Russia, 2018, vol. 8, issue 2, 141-150

Abstract: Abstract The paper examines factors and trends of concentration of the population and economy in the capitals of 11 countries of the former Soviet Union. Differences in population concentration dynamics over the post-Soviet period have been identified: partial deconcentration during the crisis-stricken 1990s and accelerated concentration since the 2000s. Strong differences in the concentration of the economy, industry, and investments in these capitals are shown to be largely governed by the size and economic structure of their respective countries. The absence of common trends in concentration of the economy in the capitals is shown. High concentrations of housing construction and retail trade that exceed population concentration have been revealed in almost all the capitals. The degree of personal income inequality in the capitals and in the countries outside the capitals is considered, which mainly determines the directions of labor migration: to capitals or outside the national territory.

Keywords: capital cities of post-Soviet countries; population concentration; spatial concentration of the economy; spatial inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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