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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 the process of transitioning socialist planned economies to market economies. Under the planned economies, various measures were implemented as industrial policy, urban planning, and so on, which have been criticized as lacking economic rationale. Hill and Gaddy (2003) described some of these policies, one of which is called the Siberian curse. From a different perspective, Diener and Hagen (2012) study these regions as places with borders that emerged after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In most cases, the emergence of borders disturbs the trade of goods, migration of people, and direction of investments, which give us a perspective to explore the dissolution of the Soviet Union as a type of regional disintegration. Also, nation-buildings programs in each country often come with the rise of nationalism, which may bring new types of intraregional and interregional migration. As such, this research starts by collecting the relevant regional statistics, primarily population data at the finer geographical unit, and then explores the changes in regional trends after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.


April 2020 - March 2023

Leader of the Research Project

Ueda, Akira


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