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Working paper

Cultural employment in Russia and Europe: a comparative analysis

Polyakova E., Kuleva M.
This paper examines the cultural employment in Russia and in the selected number of the EU countries in light of debates on the development of the creative economy in Russia. The data of the comprehensive monitoring of living conditions by Rosstat and the Eurostat cultural statistics are used to illustrate main differences in socio-demographic and occupational characteristics of cultural workers in these countries. The findings show that the characteristics of cultural workers vary dramatically over countries Russia and Europe. In particular, part-time and self-employment, as well as the existence of a second job, are not key features of Russian cultural workers. By contrary, individuals involved in the creative and cultural sphere in the EU are less likely to be in a full-time employment and more likely to be self-employed or part-timers than in Russia. Our results suggest that it is hardly possible to also indicate the impossibility of emulating the European experience in creative and cultural industries without serious structural changes in the sphere of cultural employment in Russia.