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Long-Term Population Statistics for Russia, 1867-2002

Kazuhiro Kumo, Takako Morinaga and Yoshisada Shida

No 2, RRC Working Paper Series from Russian Research Center, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

Abstract: The aims of this study are (1) to overview the statistical systems and methods of maintaining population statistics in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation, (2) to provide population statistics in territorial units comparable to the Russian Federation based on primary materials, and (3) to take a general view of long-term population dynamics from the late Imperial era to the new Russian Federation. The gap between previous research dealing with population during the imperial period and that which examines the period after the October revolution is very large, and few studies utilized primary data in investigating population figures of the imperial era. First, this study focuses on the institutional background of maintenance of population statistics in the Russia Empire, and then examines the population statistics systems after the establishment of the Soviet government. In estimating population and collecting archive data, this paper devoted efforts to utilizing primary materials consistently, and to adjusting all the territories in accordance with those of the Russian Federation. Thus, this study provides fundamentally necessary information for investigating historical development processes in Russia.

Pages: 38 p.
Date: 2007-12
Note: This research received financial support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, in the form of an Encouragement for Young Scientists (B) grant-in-aid, and the Mitsubishi Foundation.
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