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19 May 2010

Russia's Peacetime Demographic Crisis: Dimensions, Causes, Implications

19 May 2010

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), Seattle, WA, US

"NBR Project Report, May 2010, Russia's Peacetime Demographic Crisis: Dimensions, Causes, Implications - Nicholas Eberstadt.
Modern Russia is in the throes of a prolonged depopulation that [...is] "nothing short of a humanitarian catastrophe."
Eberstadt paints a grim picture for the future of Russia's collective human resources. He shows that despite the government's predictions, Russia's population will continue to decline in the years ahead. [...]
The demographic malaise has significant consequences, most notable of which is the dreadful downturn for quality of life in Russia. The crisis also bodes poorly for Russia's economic, military, and diplomatic goals, which are on a collision course with the country's impending demographic realities.
This report represents the culmination of a three-year research project on Russia's political economy, as examined through the unique prism of that country's demographic profile. The report starts by examining the "arithmetic of Russian depopulation" through the country's trends in births, deaths, and migration, revealing the drivers behind the massive and unprecedented depopulation. The report then looks beyond the numbers, examining less-explored aspects of Russia's population profile such as population aging, education and labor productivity, and social capital, which are key to a society's prosperity.
This report sheds new light on the challenges presented by Russia's depopulation, with critical implications for U.S. policy and international politics."

["NBR reports are an occasional paper series on special topics conducted by the world's leading experts in Asian affairs. Available in PDF format only. Free access for the first 60 days after publication PDF pricing after 60 days: $8.95 per issue."]

Site contents:
Part I - Fewer but Not Better: The Demographics of Russia's Depopulation.
Chapter 1 - Depopulation, with Modern Russian Characteristics.
Chapter 2 - Russia's New Patterns of Fertility and Family Formation since the End of Communism: Shock or Transition.
Chapter 3 - Russia's Ominous Patterns of Mortality and Morbidity: Pioneering New and Modern Pathways to Poor Health and Premature Death.
Chapter 4 - The Terrible Mystery of Extreme Mortality in Modern Russia: Searching for Explanations and Answers to a Deadly Puzzle.
Chapter 5 - Migration: Russia's Unfamiliar New Dilemmas of Personal Choice.
Part II - Russia's Human Resources in Disarray: The Demographic Crisis beyond the Population Count.
Chapter 6 - Population Aging: Toward a Russia That Is Gray, Sick, and Poor.
Chapter 7 - Education and Labor Productivity in Russia: High Levels of Schooling, Low Levels of Human Capital.
Chapter 8 - "Social Capital" in Russia: An Attitude Problem, on a National Scale.
Conclusion - A Demographic Reckoning for Russia.

URL http://www.nbr.org/Publications/issue.aspx?id=202

[A PDF document, 5.84 MB - ed.]

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