Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being

Economic Growth and the Middle Class in an Economy in Transition

The Case of Russia

Authors: Nissanov, Zoya

  • Analyzes the evolution of the middle class in post-socialist Russia  
  • Measures of the degree of income bipolarization in Russia during a sixteen year period of economic transition
  • Uses semiparametric methods to determine the characteristics of economic classes in Russia as well as the likelihood of movement between them
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This book studies the evolution of the middle class in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. Using data from the RLMS (Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey), the volume covers the period of transition (1991-2008) during which many fundamental economic reforms were implemented. The first part of the book is devoted to a discussion of the concept of middle class and a description of the economic situation in Russia during the transition period. Particular attention is given to variations in the distribution of Russian incomes and the estimated importance of the middle class. The second part of the book focuses on the link between the middle class and income bipolarization. The third and last section of the book uses the semiparametric "mixture model" to discover how many different groups may be derived from the income distribution in Russia, as well as what the main socio-economic and demographic characteristics of those groups are. The mobility of households into and out of the middle class during the transition period is also studied in hopes of determining the factors that contribute to such mobility. Using rigorous empirical methods, this volume sheds light on a relatively unstudied economic group and provides insight for countries which are about to enter a transition period. As such, this book will be of great interest to researchers in economics and inequality as well as professionals and practitioners working with international organizations.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • What Does the Middle Class Refer To?

    Nissanov, Zoya

    Pages 1-8

  • On the Transition in Russia

    Nissanov, Zoya

    Pages 9-19

  • Distributional Change and What Happened to the Middle Class in Russia

    Nissanov, Zoya

    Pages 21-36

  • Bipolarization and the Middle Class in Russia

    Nissanov, Zoya

    Pages 37-55

  • On Polarization in Russia

    Nissanov, Zoya

    Pages 57-69

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eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51093-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Economic Growth and the Middle Class in an Economy in Transition
Book Subtitle
The Case of Russia
Authors
Series Title
Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51094-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51094-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51093-4
Series ISSN
2364-107X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 118
Number of Illustrations and Tables
19 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour
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