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Dissolution of Soviet and Population Geography (2020_2_40_013)


Nearly 30 years have passed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The regions under the post-Soviet Union are still in transition to market economies from socialistic planning economies, which characterize their history and unique experience. For example, under socialistic planning economies, there were various measures implemented in industrial policy, urban planning, and others that have been criticized as having a lack of economic rationale. Hill and Gaddy (2003) pointed out some of such policies and called them a “The Siberian Curse.” From a different perspective, Diener and Hagen (2012) study these regions as places with emerging borders after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In most cases, the emergence of borders disturbs the trading of goods, migration of people, and direction of investment, and this gives us a perspective from which to explore the dissolution of the Soviet Union in terms of regional disintegration. Also, new nation-building in each country comes with the rise of nationalism, which may bring new types of intra-regional and inter-regional migration. As such, this research starts from a collection of relevant statistics from these regions, primarily population data as a fine geographical unit, and explores the changes in regional trends after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.


April 2020 - March 2022

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Tsubota Kenmei (Toyo UniversityAssociate Professor)
[ Co-researcher ] Ueda Akira
[ Co-researcher ] Keola Souknilanh
[ Co-researcher ] Kumo Kazuhiro (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi UniversityProfessor)
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