A narrow escape? Malthusian pressures in the late Imperial Moscow

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Ekaterina Khaustova

Arizona State University (ASU)

Vadim Kufenko

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Economics

Vincent Geloso

Bates College; University of Western Ontario - King's University College

Date Written: July 15, 2020

Abstract

Did late Imperial Russia suffer from Malthusian pressures? In this paper, we use quarterly demographic and economic data from Moscow to answer this question using a VAR approach. In doing so, we provide the first application of this common methodology in economic history to pre-1913 Russia. We find signs that there was an escape from Malthusian pressures, but that this escape was a narrow one. Our findings are consistent with the existing literature depicting a low, but unsteadily increasing standard of living in Russia during the late imperial period.

Keywords: Russian Economic History, Late Imperial Russia, Malthusian Pressures, VAR, Rolling VAR, Positive Check, Preventive Check. 1

JEL Classification: J11, N33, N13

Suggested Citation

Khaustova, Ekaterina and Kufenko, Vadim and Geloso, Vincent, A narrow escape? Malthusian pressures in the late Imperial Moscow (July 15, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

Ekaterina Khaustova

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

Vadim Kufenko

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Economics ( email )

Schloss-Mittelhof (Ost)
70593 Stuttgart
Germany

Vincent Geloso (Contact Author)

Bates College ( email )

Department of Economics
Lewiston, ME
United States

University of Western Ontario - King's University College ( email )

266 Epworth Avenue
London, Ontario N6A 2M3
Canada

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