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Assessing regional inequalities in Kazakhstan through well-being

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856, Bartalucci, Federico, Kurmanov, Bakhytzhan, Rau, Genadiy and Nigmetov, Kaisar (2024) Assessing regional inequalities in Kazakhstan through well-being. Asian Development Review, 41 (1). 301 - 333. ISSN 0116-1105

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Identification Number: 10.1142/S0116110524500033


Growing disparities in wealth, well-being, and access to services in Kazakhstan have raised serious concerns among policymakers, especially since the January 2022 protests. This paper evaluates these regional inequalities and presents the findings from Kazakhstan’s inaugural well-being survey. The survey, based on global best practices, involves 4,032 face-to-face interviews with a diverse sample across all 20 regions, ensuring representation. The resulting indices—the Subjective Well-Being Index and the Regional Well-Being Index—highlight both within-region and between-region disparities. Notably, the indices reveal significant variations in well-being, with certain regions reporting notably lower satisfaction levels across dimensions like trust in institutions, satisfaction with financial and housing conditions, health care and education quality, and personal security perceptions.

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Additional Information: © 2024 Asian Development Bank and Asian Development Bank Institute
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: P - Economic Systems > P2 - Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies > P25 - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics; Housing; Transportation
P - Economic Systems > P2 - Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies > P28 - Natural Resources; Energy; Environment
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R5 - Regional Government Analysis > R58 - Regional Development Policy
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2024 11:18
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 01:48

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