Life in Kyrgyzstan

The ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Study (LiK Study) is a research-based, open access, multi-topic longitudinal survey of households and individuals in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. It tracks the same 3000 households and 8000 individuals over time in all seven Kyrgyz regions (oblasts) and the two cities of Bishkek and Osh. The surveyed households also operate 1500 micro enterprises. The data are representative nationally and at the regional level (East, West, North, South). The Life in Kyrgyzstan Study interviews all adult household members about household demographics, assets, expenditure, migration, employment, agricultural markets, shocks, social networks, subjective well-being, and many other topics. Some of these topics are addressed in each wave while other topics are only addressed in selected waves. The survey was first conducted in the fall of 2010 and it has been repeated four times in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016. Professor Tilman Brück is the Principal Investigator of the LiK Study, which is conducted jointly with the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) and the University of Central Asia. The corresponding LiK Conference is held every year in Bishkek, typically in October.