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Indicators of Poverty in Transitional Russia

Korchaguina Irina (), Ovcharova Lilia and Turuntsev Evgeny

EERC Working Paper Series from EERC Research Network, Russia and CIS

Abstract: The authors attempt to provide poverty rate estimates in Russia adjusted for in-kind consumption. The results show that for rural households in-kind food consumption accounts, on average, for about 75% of total food consumption and that about 25% of food consumption among urban households comes from unrecorded incomes. This indicates that nearly 40% of food consumption for the total sampling comes from part-time family farming. It follows that poverty headcounts are significantly reduced when non-monetary consumption is taken into account. According to the report, 26% to 28% of Russia’s population live below the poverty line; official estimates put these figures between 34% and 44%. The paper offers a broader concept of poverty by considering real estate and personal assets when evaluating the economic potential of a household.

Keywords: household expenses; household income; poverty; Russia; subsistence minimum (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 D13 D31 D33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 54 pages
Date: 1999-11-30
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