From 13–25 July SIPRI and the University of Central Asia's Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) conducted a summer school on 'Labor Markets in Central Asia' in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
The summer school was a part of the 'Gender and Employment in Central Asia' research project, which is funded by the IZA/DFID Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme (GLM | LIC).
Twenty participants from Central Asia representing universities, research and government institutions studied the basics of labour economics, discussed acute labour market issues in Central Asia and beyond, and were introduced to research and policy analysis methods.
The content of the course included basic labour economics theory, related topics such as education, migration, social safety and economic policies, combined with statistical and econometric methods and micro-data exercises. Sessions included lectures, class discussions, group works and data analysis exercises.
The key lectures were delivered by Professor Kathryn Anderson from Vanderbilt University, Professor Armando Barrientos from Manchester University, Professor Tilman Brück from SIPRI, Professor Alisher Aldashev from Kazakh-British Technical University, Akylai Muktarbek from the American University of Central Asia and Dr Roman Mogilevskii from the University of Central Asia.