In the Caucasus We Count

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Methodological Conference on Measuring Social Inequality in the South Caucasus and its Neighborhood

Tbilisi, June 25, 2014

Tbilisi State University, Building I, Room 317

Conferece Program



08:30 – 09:00 – Registration & coffee

09:00 – 09:15 - Opening remarks

David Lee, Chair of the Board of Trustees of EPF and CRRC


Session 1: Visualizing data and analyzing the visual  

09.15 – 10.15


1.         Introducing

Mariam Kobaladze (CRRC), David Sichinava (CRRC)


2.         Using Photography in Social Research

Tamar Zurabishvili (ICMPD), Maia Mestvirishvili (TSU)


Facilitator & Discussant: Tinatin Zurabishvili (CRRC)



10.15 – 11.00 - The Effects of the Arab Spring: The Robustness of Perceived Inequality in Survey Research
Michael D. Robbins, Arab Barometer  


Session 2: Inequality in educational opportunities

11:00 – 12.00 


1.         Access to Higher Education and Inequality

Bella Baghdasaryan (Turpanjian Centre for Policy Analysis)


2.         Dynamics of Inequality in Educational Opportunity (IEO) in Selected Post-Soviet Countries

Lela Chakhaia (European University Institute)

Facilitator:  Artak Ayunts (CRRC)

Discussant: Lika Glonti (National Tempus Office Georgia)

12:00 -13:00 - Lunch


13:00 – 13.45 - What is 'inequality' and how should we measure it? From Marx to Piketty and something about the Caucasus  

Alexi Gugushvili, University of Bremen


Session 3: Measuring social inequality for better policies

13:45 – 14:45


1.         Measuring Social Inequality in the South Caucasus by Using Balanced Scorecards in Local Government

Eka Gegeshidze (University of Georgia)

2.         The Application of Benefit Incidence Analysis in Assessing the Effectiveness of Pro-Poor Policies

Suren Poghosyan (Advanced Social Technologies)

Facilitator: Koba Turmanidze (CRRC)

Discussants:  Stephen F. Jones (Mount Holyoke College), Alexi Gugushvili (University of Bremen)


14:45 – 15:15 – Coffee break


15:15 – 16:00 - What makes people socially excluded—role of drivers, individual characteristics and local conditions

Mihail Peleah, UNDP Europe and the CIS


Session 4: Social Exclusion

16:00 – 17.30 


1.         The Social Exclusion Chain: Impact on Migration Patterns in Armenia

Zofia Bałdyga (CRRC), Monica Shahmenendyan (CRRC)

2.         Rich getting Richer: Do Information and Communication Technologies Mobilize or Normalize Capital Enhancement in Azerbaijan?

Katy E. Pearce (University of Washington), Nijat Garayev (Khazar University)


3.         Analyses of Anti-Domestic Violence Policy: The Case of Georgia

Natia Ubilava (TSU), Gvantsa Jibladze (TSU), Nana Chabukiani (CEU)

Facilitator: Aaron Erlich (University of Washington)

Discussants:  Hyeshin Park (OECD), Michael D. Robbins (Arab Barometer), Mihail Peleah (UNDP)

17:30 – 17:45  - Closing Remarks  

Timothy Blauvelt, Chair of CRRC International Academic Advisory Board

18:30 – 20:00 – Dinner