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Working paper

Занятость в домашних хозяйствах населения

The paper discusses one the most peculiar form of non-standard employment in the Russian labor market — engagement in personal subsidiary agriculture. Using micro-data from the Russian labor force surveys author provides quantitative estimates of employment and hours worked in this sector. According to his findings including subsistence farmers raises employment-population ratio in Russia by 10 percentage points and it turns out one the highest in the world. Special attention is paid to description of social and demographic characteristics of persons involved in domestic agriculture. The dynamics of agricultural household production over the post-reform period is analyzed and its contribution to household consumption is estimated. The main conclusion is that for such highly industrialized and urbanized country as Russia the situation when at the peak of agricultural season about half of her adult population works on personal subsidiary plots of lands is fairly surprising and testifies to a huge waste of available labor resources.