In July and August 2018, Ekaterina Demintseva and Dmitry Oparin conducted field research in Tomsk exploring the migration situation in the city. This study was funded by a Russian Science Foundation grant “The use and creation of urban infrastructures by migrants in Siberian regional centres”.
Dmitriy Oparin participated at the 15thEASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists) biennial conference at Stockholm University, 14-17 August, 2018. He made a presentation "Central Asian migrants in Tomsk. Where next?"
An article “Russian salaries caught up Romanian ones. A labor market monitoring” is published by the Kommersant newspaper
The salaries on the Russian labor market are higher than in the other CIS countries and are comparable with the ones in Central and Eastern Europe, claim the experts of the Higher School of Economics in the “Interstate comparison of the salary levels in 2011-2017” monitoring. The calculations are based on the purchasing power parity (PPP).
The lancet, prestigious academic journal, published a paper by Ilya Kashnitsky and Jonas Schöley.
On July 20, 2018, a new issue of the Russian population welfare monitoring was released. The issue tackles the interstate salary comparison in 2011-2017
The new issue of the monitoring analyses the dynamics of the salary levels in Russia in comparison with the salaries in the other countries, such as these ones of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) ors of the Central and Eastern Europe, China and Brazil. The issue is the update of the feature published by HSE in the May issue of the monitoring in 2016.The foundation for the analysis lies on the data provided by national statistic services, statistical services of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Interstate Statistical Committee of the CIS, the World Bank and the International Monetary Bank (IMF). According to the results of the analysis, Belarus is the only country in the CIS to reach the level of average wages in terms of purchasing power parity, which could be comparable to Russia. That is while the Belarusian figures are significantly lower than Russian ones in terms of the nominal exchange rate. The published evaluations are based on the official statistic data and hence can be applied only to the open sector of the economy. They also do not consider the palpable geographical difference of the wages level.
With all the public debate on the announced pension reform in Russia, many journalists and politicians are misinterpreting basic demographic measures.
On June 28, 2018, Lilia Ovcharova, director of the Institute for Social Policy, commented on the changes in the pension legislation in the interview given to the Pervyi (One) TV Channel.
On June 28, 2018, the Institute for Social Policy held a scientific seminar on the topic “Study of structural imbalances of regional labor markets.”
The seminar heard a presentation by Sergey Smirnov, PhD, director of the Center for analysis of social programs and risks, and by Alexey Kapustin, PhD, chief analyst of this Center.
Lilia Ovcharova, director of the Institute for Social Policy, took part in the discussion “Consequences of the pension reform for the society and challenges to the non-profit organizations” in the Blagosfera Media Centre
The discussion participants talked about the reasons and the consequences of the reform proposed by the Government. How will it influence the quality of life, the demographic situation, the labour market and the solvation of the poverty problem? Will the family institute benefit or suffer from it? What could civil society and non-profit organizations do in the face of coming reforms?
On June 21, 2018, Serguey Smirnov presented his book “Soviet era in the correspondence of historians” in the Moscow Sakharov center
“I have got great pleasure from writing this book, the author says. The most difficult thing was to understand the handwriting of other people. Readers will not have such problems.