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Regional Economics: Theory and Practice

Demographic situation in single-industry towns of Russia: Evidence from Zverevo and Donetsk of the Rostov Oblast

Vol. 20, Iss. 6, JUNE 2022

Received: 5 May 2022

Received in revised form: 14 May 2022

Accepted: 20 May 2022

Available online: 15 June 2022


JEL Classification: R50, R58

Pages: 1143–1163


Ekaterina V. AKINFEEVA Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, RAS (CEMI RAS), Moscow, Russian Federation


Mariya A. NIKONOVA Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, RAS (CEMI RAS), Moscow, Russian Federation


Subject. This article discusses the demographic factor in the economic development of Russia.
Objectives. The article aims to assess the demographic situation in the monotowns of Zverevo and Donetsk of the Rostov Oblast both taking into account the industry-specific orientation of their township-forming enterprises, and taking into account the assignment of an advanced-social-economic-development-area status to them.
Methods. For the study, we used the descriptive and statistical methods of analysis.
Conclusions. The assignment of the status of a Priority Social and Economic Development Area (PSEDA) to the monotowns under consideration did not bring about an improvement in the demographic situation. The industry-specific orientation of the township-forming enterprise does not affect the demographic situation in the monotown. The considered demographic problems of monotowns are relevant and should be taken into account when developing a strategy for the socio-economic development of these institutional entities.

Keywords: Rostov Oblast, industry-based town, Priority Social and Economic Development Area, sector-specific orientation, backbone enterprise


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