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Congratulations to Aleksey Shchur on defending his PhD thesis

On the 7th of June in 2022 Aleksey Shchur defended the thesis named: Mortality differentiation by regions, cities of different population sizes and rural areas in Russia

The dissertation work examines changes in life expectancy in large cities (with a population of at least 100,000 people), as well as in other urban and rural settlements in Russia in the first decades of the 21st century, a statistical analysis of the relationship between the value of life expectancy at birth in locality and some explanatory variables. As far as we know, this is one of the first studies of the spatial differentiation of mortality and its dynamics in Russia at the intra-regional level (between large cities and the rest of the territory). A higher level of education of the population, a large population and the status of a regional center are positively associated with the value of life expectancy, explaining more than two-thirds of the observed in 2015-2017 dispersion between Russian settlements of different sizes. The paper also shows that interregional inequality in mortality in Russia is being eclipsed by intraregional inequality, which in most cases runs along the “center-periphery” line and, very likely, is due to the limited “life chances” in the periphery (in comparison with the centers) and the corresponding social environment.
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