The Mortality Crisis in Transitional Economies

Hardcover | September 1, 2000

EditorGiovanni Andrea Cornia, Renato Paniccia

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In spite of widespread expectations of improvements in living standards and health conditions, in most of the countries of the former Soviet bloc the transition to the market economy was accompanied by a sharp increase in (already high) death rates. Such an increase provoked an 'excessmortality' of some three million people over the period 1989-96 alone, an unprecedented phenomenon in peacetime. Such a crisis remains poorly explained, has generated a limited policy response in the countries concerned and international organizations, and is bound to generate important politicaland economic repercussions. This book is the first comprehensive assessment of the mortality crisis in transitional economies, of its causes, and of its remedies on the basis - among others - of micro data sets and quasi-panels on health trends which have never been used before. Contributions by demographers, economists,sociologists, epidemiologists, and health experts provide a rigorous analysis of the upsurge in mortality rates, with the aim of contributing to the launch of vigorous policies to tackle the crisis.

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In spite of widespread expectations of improvements in living standards and health conditions, in most of the countries of the former Soviet bloc the transition to the market economy was accompanied by a sharp increase in (already high) death rates. Such an increase provoked an 'excessmortality' of some three million people over the pe...

Giovanni Andrea Cornia is at UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence. Renato Paniccia is at Institute for Economic Planning, Florence.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198297416

ISBN - 13:9780198297413

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Part I. The Mortality Crisis of the Early 1990s: A Historical and Theoretical Perspective1. Giovanni Andrea Cornia and Renato Paniccia: The transition mortality crisis: evidence, interpretation and policy responses2. Massimo Livi Bacci: Mortality crises in a historical perspective: the European experience3. Giovanni Andrea Cornia: Short-term, long-term, and hysteresis mortality models: a reviewPart II. Underlying Causes of the Mortality Crises4. Jacek Moskalewicz, Bogdan Wojtyniak, and Daniel Rabczenko: Alcohol as a cause of mortality in societies undergoing rapid transition to market economy5. Renato Paniccia: Transition, impoverishment and mortality: how large an impact?6. Michael Marmot and Martin Bobak: Psychological and biological mechanisms behind the recent mortality crisis in Central and Eastern EuropePart III. Individual and Public Responses7. Natalia Tchernina: Rising unemployment and coping strategies: the case of the Novosibirsk oblast in Russia8. Christopher Davis: Transition, health production and medical system effectiveness9. Alena Nesporova: Fighting unemployment and stress: labour market policies in Central and Eastern EuropePart IV. Evidence from Selected Country Case Studies10. Regina T. Riphahn and Klaus F. Zimmermann: The mortality crisis in East Germany11. Vladimir M. Shkolnikov and Giovanni Andrea Cornia: Population crisis and rising mortality in transitional Russia12. Juris Krumins and Uldis Usackis: The mortality consequences of the transition to market economy in Latvia: 1991-9513. Jiri Blazek and Dagmar Dzurova: The decline of mortality in the Czech Republic during the transition: a counterfactual case study14. Felix Abdala, Rosa N. Geldstein, and Sonia M. Mychaszula: Economic restructuring and mortality changes in Argentina: is there any connection?15. Markus Jantti, Pekka Martikainen, and Tapani Valkonen: When the welfare state works: unemployment and mortality in Finland16. Tor Eriksson: Labour market changes and mental illness in Denmark during the 1980s17. Peggy McDonough, Greg J. Duncan, David B. Williams, and James S. House: The impact of income dynamics on mortality in the USA

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`essential reading, not only for those interested in demographic changes in eastern Europe, but for anyone seeking better understanding of the interface between social structure and well-being and survival in human societies'Population and Development Review, Vol.27, No.3