Poverty Profile and Regional Welfare Disparities in the Kyrgyz Republic
Speaker: Aziz Atamanov
Date: 16 April 2013, 4.00 pm
Venue: University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Conference Room.
Every country has places where living standards are lower than the national average. These welfare disparities between and within regions may stem from the concentration of people with better demographic and human capital characteristics (concentration hypothesis) or due to the differences in returns to these characteristics (geography hypothesis). The recent poverty profile of the Kyrgyz Republic demonstrates how poverty varies with geography and how it is affected by different household-level attributes. The analysis also shows that welfare disparities are particularly striking between Bishkek and other regions; for example, the poverty rate in the Naryn region is 50 percent compared to 18 percent in the capital. The main goal of this lecture is to analyse regional disparities in the Kyrgyz Republic by quantifying the relative contribution to welfare disparities of characteristics and the returns to characteristics. Welfare disparities will be analysed between and within the regions of the Kyrgyz Republic. Additionally, the role of returns and characteristics in explaining welfare disparities both at the mean and across the distribution using Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition and its extensions will be quantified.
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Dr. Aziz Atamanov is consultant at the World Bank, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department of Europe and Central Asia Region. He holds a Doctoral degree from Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University and has extensive research experience in the fields of labour, migration and non-farm rural economy. Dr. Atamanov has been actively involved in numerous advisory activities and project evaluation related to the analysis of a broad range of social-economic issues in Central Asia, particularly in Kyrgyzstan.
The presentation will be conducted in Russian. English translation will be provided upon prior request.
University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Conference Room.