Title: The role of regional capitals in the socio-economic development of regions

Authors: Svetlana R. Khusnutdinova; Rustem R. Khusnutdinov

Addresses: The Institute of Management, Economics and Finance, Kazan Federal University, 18 Kremlyovskaya Str., Kazan, Russia; Kazan State Power Engineering University, 51 Krasnoselskaya Str. Kazan, Russia ' The Institute of Management, Economics and Finance, Kazan Federal University, 18 Kremlyovskaya Str., Kazan, Russia; Kazan State Power Engineering University, 51 Krasnoselskaya Str. Kazan, Russia

Abstract: The study reveals the role of regional capitals in the socio-economic development of their regions. The dynamics of the main demographic indicators (population, share of the population of capitals in the regional population, and natural population growth), socio-economic indicators (share of people older and younger than the working age, retail turnover, etc.) are analysed. The regions of the Volga Federal District, which capitals have a population above one million people are taken as a study site. The proportion of the population living in the studied capitals increases in relation to the population of the region. As a rule, the capitals take first place by average nominal salary in region. The Republic of Tatarstan is an exception. Regional capitals provide more than half of the regional retail turnover.

Keywords: city; agglomeration; urbanisation; region; regional capital; demography; socio-economic indicators; Russia; Volga Federal District; Nizhny Novgorod; Kazan; Samara; Ufa; Perm.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEPEE.2022.126618

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, 2022 Vol.16 No.2/3/4, pp.381 - 396

Received: 23 Dec 2019
Accepted: 28 Oct 2020

Published online: 31 Oct 2022 *

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