Autopsy on an Empire: Understanding Mortality in Russia and the Former Soviet Union

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Autopsy on an Empire: Understanding Mortality in Russia and the Former Soviet Union

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dc.contributor.author Brainerd, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Cutler, David
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-02T02:09:01Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Cutler, David. 2005. Autopsy on an empire: Understanding mortality in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Journal of Economic Perspectives 19(1): 107-130. en
dc.identifier.issn 0895-3309 en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:2640589
dc.description.abstract Male life expectancy at birth fell by over six years in Russia between 1989 and 1994. Many other countries of the former Soviet Union saw similar declines, and female life expectancy fell as well. Using cross-country and Russian household survey data, we assess six possible explanations for this upsurge in mortality. Most find little support in the data: the deterioration of the health care system, changes in diet and obesity, and material deprivation fail to explain the increase in mortality rates. The two factors that do appear to be important are alcohol consumption, especially as it relates to external causes of death (homicide, suicide, and accidents) and stress associated with a poor outlook for the future. However, a large residual remains to be explained. en
dc.description.sponsorship Economics en
dc.publisher American Economic Association en
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/0895330053147921 en
dash.license LAA
dc.title Autopsy on an Empire: Understanding Mortality in Russia and the Former Soviet Union en
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Version of Record
dc.relation.journal Journal of Economic Perspectives en
dash.depositing.author Cutler, David

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