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Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey of HSE

The Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS) is a series of nationally representative surveys designed to monitor the effects of Russian reforms on the health and economic welfare of households and individuals in the Russian Federation. These effects are measured by a variety of means: detailed monitoring of individuals' health status and dietary intake, precise measurement of household-level expenditures and service utilization, and collection of relevant community-level data, including region-specific prices and community infrastructure data. Phase II data have been collected annually (with two exceptions) since 1994. The project has been run jointly by the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, headed by Barry M. Popkin, and the Demoscope team in Russia, headed by Polina Kozyreva and Mikhail Kosolapov.

The history of the RLMS, the sample design and replenishment sample designs, and the loss-to-follow up and other key factors are provided in the data resource profile published by the International Journal of Epidemiology in 2016. 1 

RLMS Data Round 23 (2014) is Now Available!

The newest round of RLMS data, Round 23 (2014), is now available for analysis.

Please note:

The sample size in 2014 was cut by about 20%, because the cost of the project increased due to inflation, but financial support remained the same. The original 1994 sample remained the same, and all cuts applied only to the part of the sample which was added in 2010. It should be stated that the implemented procedure of cutting the sample size guarantees that the smaller sample is still representative at the national level. To lower the cost it was also decided to drop the Educational Expenses section from the HH questionnaire, which was added back in 2010. 



The Individual, Household, and Community data are now available to download directly from the CPC Dataverse hosted by the Odum Institute.

The data have been reorganized and improved. We hope that researchers will find the new files easier to use. Please look here for details.


All current and future users should read this letter, which describes major changes to the RLMS-HSE. 

For any group using the RLMS-HSE data, we require in all publications (book, book chapter, refereed journal article or presentation) the following acknowledgment of the institutions that now support and manage the survey.  This is the only way to ensure future funding and to allow individuals with any document we might see to be allowed further access to the RLMS-HSE for them or their institution.

Source: “Russia Longitudinal Monitoring survey, RLMS-HSE”, conducted by the National Research University Higher School of Economics and ZAO “Demoscope” together with Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Institute of Sociology RAS.

1. Kozyreva P, Kosolapov M, Popkin BM. Data Resource Profile: The Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey—Higher School of Economics (RLMS-HSE) Phase II: Monitoring the Economic and Health Situation in Russia, 1994–2013. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2016. 10.1093/ije/dyv357 [Download PDF]