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Friday, November 27

53%

of adolescents living in rural areas want to leave school after the 9th grade.

Low Self-esteem May Predict Unemployment

Once unemployed, mid-level employees suffer primarily from loss of income, while senior-level leaders mostly resent the loss of respect; of all employee categories, production and service workers are most likely to become unemployed. These are some of the findings summarized in the paper 'The dynamics of subjective social status associated with loss of employment: an analysis of occupational differences', which was presented by Anna Zudina, Junior Research Fellow of the Centre for Labour Market Studies, at the Ninth Yuri Levada Memorial Conference on Contemporary Russian Society and Sociology hosted by HSE.

47%

of Russians reported the existence of electronic scheduling at the health clinics they visit. This is 7% more than in 2013.

Personal Success is Determined by Favourite Work

For people today, a job is not only a source of revenue, but also an essential attribute of a full life. Professional work must be interesting, in demand by society, well paid, and must leave a certain level of freedom, young Russians believe. This is what researchers from the HSE Centre for Youth Studies (CYS) in St. Petersburg found out as part of their project ‘Youth solidarities and generations of the 21st century: the values of labour and consumption’.

1.6

is the number of times by which the share of people with higher education among Russians over 55 years of age has increased since 2000.

Professional Development Mostly Limited to Intellectuals

In Russia, access to professional development is determined by one's occupation, as well as job position, company size, and characteristics of the local labour market. Skilled personnel in non-physical jobs and public sector employees are more likely to pursue professional development, while low-skilled employees in private firms are effectively excluded from any such opportunity, according to Vasiliy Anikin, Assistant Professor of the HSE Department of Applied Economics.

16.2%

of students who attend schools in the inner Moscow suburbs are children whose native language is not Russian.

Life of the Russian Regions is Hidden from the Government

About 40% of the Russian able-bodied population are employed in the informal sector of the economy. This is a competitive market economy. Subsistence production, distributed manufacturing, ‘garage production’, seasonal work and various cottage industries flourish in the Russian regions. The economies of many small cities feature strict specialization and developed cooperation, in the context of internal competition between families and clans. These are the findings of HSE professors  Simon Kordonsky  and  Yury Pliusnin  in their study ‘Social Structure of the Russian Provinces’.

15

U.S. dollars, or 11 euros, was the amount spent per person in Russia in 2014 on preventing cardiovascular disease.

2.3

is the number of times that at least one family member having a higher education reduces the risk that the family will fall into poverty.