Looks can be deceiving. That’s why research is so important. At first glance, it could look like rural Russian villages are dying. And in some cases, that’s true. But not all rural Russian villages are losing population, not all rural Russian villages are unproductive, not all rural Russian villages are adapting as well to economic reform poorly.
That’s why this book, “Measuring Social and Economic Change in Rural Russia,” published in 2006, is so important. It covers the results of surveys conducted from 1991-2003 on various rural Russian villages, looking at how individuals and households have responded the economic change.
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