Research questions/Empirical data. This thesis includes four papers that
study selected aspects of the labor market transformation during the
transition in Russia. In particular, the studies address the issues of
non-wage employee compensation in Russian firms, location choices and
labor market outcomes for the Russian migrants to Russia, the health
effects of occupational change during the transition. The empirical data
used come from the surveys of firms and individuals in Russia.
The research results. In these studies author finds that Russian firms
used in-kind benefits to bargain for the government support and to
attach employees in the tight labor markets; Russian migrants to Russia
sorted themselves across locations according to the demand for their
skills; occupational changes during the transition lead to the declining
health and increasing levels of alcohol consumption and smoking.
A short description of the author. Olga Lazareva has received her B.Sc.
in Economics from Novosibirsk State University in Russia and her M.A. in
Economics from Central European University in Hungary. Currently she is
a Ph.D. candidate at the Economics Department of the Stockholm School of
Economics and a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Economic and
Financial Research in Russia.