Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 397–419 | Cite as

The response of violent mortality to economic crisis in Russia

  • Natalia S. Gavrilova
  • Victoria G. Semyonova
  • Galina N. Evdokushkina
  • Leonid A. Gavrilov


From 1992 to 1994 life expectancy for Russian males dropped from 62.0 to 57.6 years. Female life expectancy dropped from 73.8 years to 71.2 years. This drop in life expectancy coincided in time with the introduction of painful economic reforms in Russia, leading to a rapid decrease in real wages and pensions, nearly complete loss of personal savings, and a tremendous increase in the poverty rate. This article examines the temporary changes in mortality for violent causes of death during the crisis period with a special emphasis on age-specific and gender-specific differences in the response to economic crisis.

Mortality Russia Economic crisis Violent mortality Life expectancy Injuries Homicide Suicide Alcohol poisoning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalia S. Gavrilova
    • 1
  • Victoria G. Semyonova
    • 2
  • Galina N. Evdokushkina
    • 2
  • Leonid A. Gavrilov
    • 1
  1. 1.Center on AgingNORC/University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Central Research Public Health InstituteMoscowRussia

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