Household capital and the agrarian problem in Russia


Household capital and the agrarian problem in Russia

David J. O'Brien, Valeri V. Patsiorkovski, Larry D. Dershem

Ashgate, c2000

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Using micro-level data, this text shows that rural Russian households have made significant adaptations to an emerging market economy in just a few years. It focuses on how household capital (household labour, social networks and comunity attachment) effect the economic and psychological adaptation of households to rapid socioeconomic change. Findings are from 1995 to 1997 panel surveys made in three waves. The book deals systematically with micro-level processes of household adaptation to a market economy, institutional change and emerging informal and formal patterns of land tenure and use in Russia. It shows how structural changes are occurring in rural Russia and their impact on household enterprise development and income. Difference in household capital explains the emergence of inequality in the countryside and differences in the degree to which households experience stress and a higher or lower subjective quality of life.


  • Changes in Russian agriculture - new institutional structures in the countryside
  • peasant households and the transition to a market economy and democracy
  • population and household structure in rural Russia
  • research design
  • household structure and labour
  • community attachment and social networks
  • physical capital
  • household agricultural production and sales
  • employment, household income and durable goods
  • mental health and symptoms of depression
  • subjective quality of life
  • supporting sustainable households and communities in an era of globalization.

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