Journal Article

Changes in mortality disparities by education in Russia from 1998 to 2017: evidence from indirect estimation

European Journal of Public Health, 32:1, 21–23 (2022)
Open Access


This article addresses two unresolved methodological issues related to prior research on Russia that was based on census-unlinked data and did not account for the substantial increase in the share of death records with missing information on education. The study uses a proportional mortality analysis method relying on a case–control framework, together with a plausible imputation-based solution for the redistribution of the unknown education on death records. The new results suggest that high levels of  inequality persist, but they do not support recent findings indicating that the educational gap in life expectancy has substantially widened.

Keywords: Russian Federation, differential mortality, education, estimates
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