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During the disintegration of the Soviet Union, was there a surge of child allergies in Tajikistan because people hoarded soap?

The June 1990 Atlantic article Inside the Collapsing Soviet Economy says: Soviet TV and newspapers, liberated by glasnost, are filled with stories about these rising prices and their consequences. In ...
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Did the percent of humans living on < $2/day drop from 94% to 8.6% since 1820?

According to World Income Inequality 1820-2000 by Joerg Baten, Peter Foldvari, Bas van Leeuwen and Jan Luiten van Zanden, Table 5, in 1820 73% of people had real incomes of less than 2 1990 dollars ...
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Has Russia pegged the ruble to gold in the sense that U.S. dollar was before August 15, 1971?

First, Russia has not pegged the ruble to gold. It sort of did for 10 days (sort of... we'll get to that in a moment), but reversed on April 8th. The article in Forbes is from a contributor, making it ...
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Is their tax bill the single biggest cost of living for most households in the UK?

We can review 'effects of taxes and benefits on household income' https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/incomeandwealth/datasets/...
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