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Falling wages

The Daily Californian, (Berkeley), 1 April 1998

Two University of California at Berkeley sociologists have discovered that after adjusting for inflation, real wages have declined by 50 percent following the fall of communism.

Michael Hout, a UC Berkeley sociology professor, along with former UC Berkeley graduate student Theodore Gerber, found that the lower wages result from Russia's widespread economic regression and affects citizens from all sectors of society in the country.

Gerber and Hout have released their data along with an analysis of a survey conducted from 1991–96.

The survey shows that unemployment increased from 1.1 percent in 1991 to 13 percent in 1996, reaching 22 percent among those between the ages of 18 and 25.

Hout said in a statement that the survey's results reflect a loss in the gross domestic product of 33 percent—a loss that is greater than the 27 percent GDP loss durign the Great Depression of 1933.

The two scholars' report is published in the upcoming July issue of the American Journal of Sociology.