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The end of the Soviet Union’s anti-alcohol campaign may explain a substantial share of Russia’s ‘mortality crisis’ in the 1990s

Bhattacharya, Jay, Gathmann, Christina and Miller, Grant (2013) The end of the Soviet Union’s anti-alcohol campaign may explain a substantial share of Russia’s ‘mortality crisis’ in the 1990s. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (10 Oct 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Russia experienced an extreme spike in death rates in the immediate aftermath of the break-up of the Soviet Union. Jay Bhattacharya, Christina Gathmann and Grant Miller write that while this has typically been explained using political and economic arguments, the real cause of Russia’s mortality crisis may have been the end of Mikhail Gorbachev’s anti-alcohol campaign. Using a series of statistical tests they illustrate that Russian death rates fell significantly during the campaign, with the hardest drinking regions experiencing a larger spike in death rates after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 11:14
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72346

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