Adult Mortality in Russia: A Microanalysis

31 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2010

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Irina Denisova

Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR); New Economic School (NES)


This paper studies the determinants of Russian adult mortality controlling for both individual and household heterogeneity. We employ survival analysis and utilize 12 rounds of the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey spanning a 14-year period. Although confirming the crucial role of excessive alcohol consumption in shaping adult mortality risks in Russia, the results are original in several other respects. We find empirical support for the importance of relative status measured in non-income terms in shaping mortality hazards. We find evidence of the influence of labour market behaviour, and sectoral and occupational mobility in particular, on longevity. The detrimental role of smoking to health is found to be comparable with the role of excess alcohol consumption, which is novel in the Russian context where the influence of smoking is typically downplayed in comparison with alcoholism. Finally, we find no micro evidence in support of the political economy view based on a positive correlation between low alcohol prices and high mortality rates found in regional-level data.

Suggested Citation

Denisova, Irina, Adult Mortality in Russia: A Microanalysis. Economics of Transition, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 333-363, April 2010, Available at SSRN: or

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