Remittances, Transfers and Education in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic by Prof Kathryn H. Anderson

Date: 08 June 2012
Location: UCA Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Other languages: Русский язык |
Title: Remittances, Transfers and Education in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic: A Comparative Analysis Before and During the Financial Crisis
Date: Friday, 8 June 2012, 4 pm
Speaker: Kathryn H. Anderson, UCA Senior Research Fellow
Professor of Economics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Venue: University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Conference Room.
 
Abstract
Educational development is one of the keys to local economic development. This lecture describes the findings of a study examining the impact of transfers from international migrants and internal donors on education development in the two poorest countries in Central Asia, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. Money from transfers can be used to promote capital investment in many different forms, and this study examined human capital investment, specifically investment in education. Panel data analysis of two surveys, the Kyrgyzstan Integrated Household Surveys and the Tajikistan Living Standards Surveys (2007 and 2009) found weak and mostly negative effects of transfers on education. Also, money from migrants is used less for human capital investment than for other expenditures which may be of less importance for the long run economic development of these two countries. The lecture will describe findings related to preschool and secondary school enrollment and the impact of migration and transfers on household financial allocations to education, and will also highlight regional and gender-based disparities.
 
Biography
Kathryn Anderson is a Senior Research Fellow at UCA and Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA. She has a Bachelor's in Economics from University of Kentucky; a Master's in Economics from North Carolina State University; and received her PhD in Economics, with a minor in Statistics, from North Carolina State University. Dr Anderson researches regional labor market development and the impact of emigration and return migration on families and communities in Central Asia. She has published extensively on economic development in Central Asia, including a book co-authored with Richard Pomfret, Consequences of Creating a Market Economy: Evidence from Household Surveys in Central Asia (2003).
 
Language
The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation provided upon prior request.
 
Registration
Please RSVP to vladilena.vladimirova@ucentralasia.org with your name and affiliation. Please indicate if you require Russian translation.