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Birth Rate in Russia in 2020: Regional Dynamics

Konstantin I. Kazenin – Director of Center for Regional Studies and Urbanistic of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration; Researcher of the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, Candidate of Philological Sciences (Moscow, Russia). Е-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the wake of the birth rate stabilization in the country as a whole, the majority of regions demonstrated a trend to reduce the birth rate of the first child and to increase the birth rate of third and subsequent children. The stability of this trend means a simultaneous increase in childlessness and multi-child parenting, which was not previously typical for Russia. It is possible that the effect of delayed childbearing in the pandemic will affect Russia in 2021, however, now it is impossible to determine which birth order it will affect most.

Key words: birth rate, Russian regions, total fertility rate, pandemic.

JEL-codes: J11, J13, J18, R23.