Poor in Moscow:
Methods of Measurement, Social Policy Measures

Rzhanitsyna L.S.

Dr. Sci. (Econ.), Prof., Main Researcher of Institute of Economy of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia 938@mail.ru

DOI: 10.31857/S013216250002160-9
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Rzhanitsyna L.S. Poor in Moscow: Methods of Measurement, Social Policy Measures . Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2018. No 10. P. 77-89


In order to study Moscow poverty the author presents methods of measuring it applied in sociology, economics, and statistics. The data used are the Rosstat family budgets surveys, the self-assessment of the financial situation in VCIOM surveys, analysis of deprivation, application of the normative approach based on the subsistence minimum, etc. The specifics of poverty in a megacity have been specified, and the region’s data have been compared with all-Russian indicators. Proposals for its reduction, provision of social assistance have been formulated. The main conclusion from them is the need for a special government program to combat poverty, based on its causes: economic (low incomes – wages, pensions, payments for social insurance) and demographic (disabled dependents – children, disabled, elderly).

poverty; social policy; family budgets; socio-demographic groups


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