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The anti-alcohol measures in Russia and life satisfaction

Author: Bc. Nigina Baydadaeva
Year: 2021 - summer
Leaders: PhDr. Kamila Fialová
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Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 63
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Abstract: The long-standing issue of the alcohol consumption level in Russia, remaining among the
highest in the World, has resulted in the introduction of strict anti-alcohol regulations
aiming to mitigate the negative aftermath. Substance abuse influences many spheres of
life, including life satisfaction. Moreover, in the special case of Russia, hazardous
drinking led to the increase in the probability of men’s death. This thesis examines the
relationships between the newly introduced anti-alcohol policies in Russia during the
period from 2009 to 2014 and the life satisfaction of alcohol consumers. To perform the
analysis, the Difference-in-Differences principle is applied to the sample derived from
the two waves of the non-governmental survey conducted by The Russia Longitudinal
Monitoring Survey – Higher School of Economics (RLMS-HSE). The respondents are
divided into two groups: alcohol consumers (treatment group) and abstainers (control
group). The analysis is firstly performed on the whole sample of the Russian population,
then on the masculine subsample. The results of both parts of the analysis show no
evidence of an increase in the life satisfaction of alcohol consumers following the
implementation of the anti-alcohol regulations over the period under review.
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