Call for papers for the Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference 2020 announced

The call for sessions and papers for the 6th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference to take place on 28-29 October 2020 is announced. The conference is organized by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC – International […]

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LiK Study is presented at IAMO workshop

The LiK Study was presented by Damir Esenaliev and Tilman Brück at the workshop on Agricultural Innovations, Rural Development and Globalization Processes in Central Asia conducted on 17 February 2020 by Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Halle (Germany). The LiK Study is one of the micro-level data sources to conduct […]


The Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference 2020 will take place on October 28-29, 2020 in Bishkek

The 6th annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference is scheduled to take place during Oct 28-29, 2020 in Bishkek. The call for papers and sessions will be announced in Spring 2020 with the deadline for the submissions around June 2020.


The fifth annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference concluded in Bishkek

The Fifth Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan (LiK) conference brought together over 100 participants from 10 countries, and served as an open and stimulating platform for intellectual exchange on social and economic changes in Kyrgyzstan, and Central Asia. The conference was aimed at promoting evidence-based policymaking, and gathered national and international experts from the government and […]


LiK 2016 data are posted for public use

Starting October 22, 2019 the data from the fifth wave of LiK Study (2016) are available publicly at IZA Research Data Center at This wave complements the previous available four waves of the LiK data from 2010-2013.  The fifth wave had a focus on agriculture by introducing a separate agricultural questionnaire that collects data […]

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The 6th wave of the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study conducted in Fall 2019

The 6th wave of the LiK Study (2019) is being conducted by the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), located in Großbeeren, Germany, and University of Central Asia (UCA) in Kyrgyzstan. The LiK Study 2019 is co-funded by USAID and AKF. The data collection will take place in November-December 2019 in all regions […]

Data Collection

New article on Gender Earnings Inequality and Wage Policy in Kyrgyzstan published in Comparative Economic Studies

A paper by Kathryn Anderson and Damir Esenaliev titled “Gender Earnings Inequality and Wage Policy: Teachers, Health Care, and Social Workers in Central Asia” has been published in Comparative Economic Studies.  In 2011, the government of Kyrgyzstan increased the wages paid to teachers, healthcare workers, and social workers (EHS) in response to national strikes from teachers […]

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