Single Mothers in Russia: Household Strategies for Coping with Poverty

World Development, Vol. 28, Issue 12, December 2000

Posted: 10 Jul 2001

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Michael Lokshin

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); National Research University Higher School of Economics

Kathleen Mullan Harris

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Sociology

Barry M. Popkin

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Carolina Population Center

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Abstract

During the 1990s, the proportion of female-headed households, as well as their poverty risk, has increased rapidly. Seven rounds of the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS) are used to investigate the role that household living arrangements play in single-mother family income dynamics and the major factors that affect the income status of mother-only families in Russia. Enhanced earning power of the single parent, as well as a higher level of child benefits, increases the likelihood that the single-parent family lives separately from other relatives. Increasingly single mothers are choosing to co-reside with other relatives or adults in times of economic stress.

Keywords: poverty, single mothers, households, housing, Europe, Russia

Suggested Citation

Lokshin, Michael and Mullan Harris, Kathleen and Popkin, Barry M., Single Mothers in Russia: Household Strategies for Coping with Poverty. World Development, Vol. 28, Issue 12, December 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=252834

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