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Title: Social and Economic Activity of the Elder Generation in Tomsk Region
Authors: Malanina, Veronika Anatolievna
Frolova, Elena Aleksandrovna
Hu Lei
Keywords: older people; active ageing; life satisfaction; employment; trust; Tomsk region; старшее поколение; занятость; старение; Томская область
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Future Academy
Citation: Malanina V. A. Social and Economic Activity of the Elder Generation in Tomsk Region / V. A. Malanina, E. A. Frolova, Hu Lei // The European Proceedings of Social & Behavioural Sciences (EpSBS). — 2017. — Vol. 19 : Lifelong Wellbeing in the World (WELLSO 2016) : III International Scientific Symposium, 11-16 September 2016, Tomsk, Russian Federation : [proceedings]. — [P. 217-222].
Abstract: Social and economic activity of the Russian elder generation has a contradictory nature. On the one hand, Russian pensioners often continue working beyond the existing comparatively low retirement age, on the other hand, in terms of involvement in volunteering, political activities, and even in care for children and grandchildren they lag significantly behind the average European level. Explaining it only by the lack of time does not seem plausible, since in many European countries, the employment rates, involvement in unpaid work and caring for other family members are all higher than in Russia. In our study we attempt to identify reasons for lower social and economic activity of older adults in Russia as compared with European countries. We use data of Tomsk regional survey (2015, N=400) for accessing older adults' social activity. Data analysis on Tomsk region suggests that employment (as an activity) and education (as a prerequisite) contribute to higher involvement in social interactions in later life.
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