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April 15, 2019

Associate Professor of Economics Natalya Shelkova Publishes Article in Economics Journal

Associate Professor of Economics Natalya Shelkova published an article in the high-impact Review of Economics of the Household, a peer-reviewed economics journal.

The article, titled "Stronger Women — Better Men? Family Bargaining and Public Policy in Contemporary Russia," is available online (forthcoming in print). The research, built on family bargaining theories, uncovered a causal link between a maternal subsidy, introduced in Russia in 2007 to stimulate fertility, and consumption of alcohol by Russian men, which declined substantially after the subsidy program started. The study highlights that the subsidy program not only became the source of growing power for Russian women, but also contributed to a positive social change by benefiting Russian men who have historically suffered from high rates of alcohol addiction.