The Dynamics of the Russian Lifestyle during Transition: Changes in Food, Alcohol and Cigarettes Consumption

T. Herzfeld, S.K. Huffman, A.J. Oskam, M.I. Rizov

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This paper examines changes in aspects of the lifestyle of Russian adults between 1994 and 2004. We present evidence on the impact of individual as well as regional characteristics on changes in fat, protein, alcohol and cigarette consumption, and on diet’s diversity. The results from a dynamic econometric model suggest that among individual determinants, initial levels of consumption, gender, holding a university degree, household income changes and having access to a garden plot have a significant impact on the changes in consumption behavior in Russia. Regarding the macroeconomic variables, inflation has a significant impact on changes in alcohol and cigarettes consumption, while unemployment changes significantly impact smoking behavior. Analysis of subsamples conditional on initial consumption behavior reveals significant differences in consumption patterns, which is important for effective policy targeting different population groups in achieving healthier lifestyle choices in Russia.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Place of PublicationAmes, USA
PublisherIowa State University
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameISU Economics Working Papers
PublisherIowa State University

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