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dc.contributor.authorEsenaliev, Damiren_US
dc.contributor.authorSteiner, Susanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-27en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-05T12:13:30Z-
dc.date.available2012-12-05T12:13:30Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/67082-
dc.description.abstractWe investigate horizontal inequality between two conflictive ethnic groups, the Kyrgyz and the Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan, by employing the Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition. This technique has a long tradition in labour economics but has not been used in the literature that links ethnic inequality and violent conflict. We measure welfare differentials between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks and find that, depending on the welfare indicator used, Uzbeks are either better off or worse off than Kyrgyz. Specifically, we find that Uzbeks are not better off, if welfare is measured in terms of household expenditure. They are, however, clearly more prosperous in terms of the value and the size of their houses - at least in urban areas, where most Uzbeks reside. The picture is mixed when we use ownership of assets as a welfare measure. We conclude that the choice of welfare indicator is essential in studies of horizontal inequality, as it is most likely the more visible aspects of life that drive people's perceptions about other ethnic groups' standard of living. Decomposing welfare differentials between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks shows that the gap in expenditure is due to differences in group characteristics, such as household composition and ownership of livestock, whereas the gap in assets and house values remains unexplained.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherDeutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) Berlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Papers, German Institute for Economic Research, DIW Berlin 1252en_US
dc.subject.jelD74en_US
dc.subject.jelJ15en_US
dc.subject.jelI31en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordmeasurement of welfareen_US
dc.subject.keywordhorizontal inequalityen_US
dc.subject.keywordethnic conflicten_US
dc.subject.keywordOaxaca-Blinder decompositionen_US
dc.subject.keywordKyrgyzstanen_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Ungleichheiten_US
dc.subject.stwEthnische Gruppeen_US
dc.subject.stwEinkommensverteilungen_US
dc.subject.stwWohlfahrtsanalyseen_US
dc.subject.stwKirgisistanen_US
dc.titleAre Uzbeks better off than Kyrgyz? Measuring and decomposing horizontal inequalityen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn730540065en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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