The distribution of individual income gains and losses in Russia 2000-2009

Philippe van Kerm, CEPS/INSTEAD (Luxembourg)

This project examines the distribution of income growth in Russia over the period 2000-2011 using household panel data from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS-HSE). Statistics about average growth in real income do not tell anything of the disparity of individual or household income changes from year to year. Some people's incomes grow more than that of others and, indeed, there may be losers as well as gainers. We describe the distribution of changes in people's incomes over time in the decade 2000-2011 and, in particular, examine the extent to which the rapid income growth in Russia in this period has generally been greater for low income households than for rich people, i.e. the extent to which income growth has been progressive or pro-poor rather than pro-rich. We also identify household-level determinants of the level and progressivity of the patterns income growth throughout the decade.

About the speaker
Philippe Van Kerm is a research fellow at CEPS/INSTEAD (Luxembourg). His research interests are in applied micro-econometrics, labour and welfare economics and statistical computing, with particular reference to inequality, income mobility and income distribution dynamics.

Venue: Conference Room

Date: 23 May 2013

Time: 12:30 - 13:30


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