The ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Study

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Human Resources for Inclusive Growth in ADB’s Country Diagnostic Study of the Kyrgyz Republic: Improving Growth Potential

This study presents an in-depth analysis of the sector reforms needed to enable the Kyrgyz Republic to achieve higher and more sustainable economic growth. Dr Damir Esenaliev co-authored the chapter on Human Resources for Inclusive Growth.

Gender Earnings Inequality and Wage Policy: Teachers, Health Care, and Social Workers in Central Asia

The policy reform conducted in 2011 in Kyrgyzstan to increase the wages for teachers, health and social workers not only reduced wage gap in these sectors compared to non-reformed sectors, but also had a pronounced gender gap narrowing effect in the reform sectors and economy-wide.

How marriages based on bride capture differ: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan

A significant proportion of women in the Kyrgyz Republic marry via ala kachuu, generally translated as bride capture or kidnapping. Many regard this practice as harmless elopement or a tradition; others perceive it as a form of forced marriage. This paper contributes to the understanding of ala kachuu by exploring the extent to which couples in these marriages differ from those in arranged or love marriages. This paper provides a novel source of evidence on the possible nonconsensual nature of bride capture in Kyrgyzstan, adding further weight to those arguing that it is forced.