March 27, 2008

Main Development Directions of Armenian Rural Population

A presentation on "Main Development Directions of Armenian Rural Population" was conducted by Mr. Ruben Karapetyan in the frame of CRRC Fellowship Program on March 27, 2008.

The research focuses on the influence of the socio-economic, demographic, cultural and political changes on Armenian rural population during last decades. The survey leaded by Mr. Edik Kyureghyan revealed how rural population changed its perceptions about family structure, culture, traditions, social values and more.

The database might be useful not only for researchers but also for public policy analysts. The research paper in Armenian is available as well.

Round Table on DI Questionnaires Improvement

Yesterday the CRRC-Armenia experts, supervisors and independent researchers met at a round table to discuss how the Data Initiative questionnaires can be improved further.

The Data Initiative is a cross-border effort initiated by the CRRC to collect data on a wide variety of social, political and economic indicators in the South Caucasus region. The CRRC teams in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia have been collecting reliable data on the region annually since 2004.

The questionnaires, along with all the documentation and data sets, are available for public at CRRC regional website.

March 21, 2008

Understanding and Reporting Labor Market Data: Presentations

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"How to write about Employment/Unemployment in a newspaper article" by Mrs. Leah Kohlenberg, Media Consultant, IREX CMSPA.

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"Understanding Labor Market Related Terms, Data, and Information Sources" presentation by SPSS Poverty Exert Hasmik Ghukasyan and Labor Economist Grigor Gyurjan, and "Sources Available for Social Issues Reporting" presentation by SPSS Public Outreach Expert Anna Hovhannisyan are available for download in PDF format at SPSS website.

Understanding and Reporting Labor Market Data

On March 19-20, 2008 IREX's Core Media Support Program and USAID Armenia's Social Protection Systems Strengthening Project, in partnership with CRRC-Armenia organized a training for the journalists entitled "Understanding and Reporting Labor Market Data." Thirteen journalists, mainly from the regions of Armenia were awarded certificates on the completion of the training.
The training included several presentations on Armenian and international (ILO) labor legislation, explanation of the key terms used in this sphere, official and unofficial statistics on the labor market, and a description of the sources of information on employment and unemployment in Armenia. The participants had a chance to gain hands-on skills for finding relevant information on the web, interpreting corresponding information and writing news articles. Among the presenters were Grigor Gyurjyan, Labor Economist, Hasmik Ghukasyan, Poverty Expert/Statistician and Anna Hovhannisyan, Legislative Liaison Expert at USAID Armenia SPSS Project and Leah Kohlenberg, Media Consultant at IREX CMSPA.

Within the two day training program, CRRC-Armenia Program Manager Arsen Aslanyan presented some findings on employment, unemployment and migration from CRRC's Data Initiative survey, and explained how those data were gathered, analyzed and interpreted, drawing the attention of the audience on the peculiarities associated with interpreting survey data. Gohar Khachatryan conducted a presentation on the peculiarities of online information, Web 2.0 tools and the way they affect media. Slides in Armenian can be accessed here.

You can find more information about the training on SPSS website here. Follow-up post with links to presentations is coming next.

March 6, 2008

Armenian version (translation) of Walter Nicholson's handbook on Microeconomic Theory

The translation and publication of Walter Nicholson's handbook on Microeconomic Theory is an attempt to create the first textbook in Armenian language for teaching graduate level microeconomics in universities. The Armenian version of the textbook is the product of cooperation between Economics Faculty of Yerevan State University (Yerevan, Armenia) and California State University (Fresno, USA) within the program “The cooperation between colleges and universities of Newly Independent States.”

The chief editor of the book, professor and chair of Mathematical Modeling in Economics of YSU Dr. Aram Arakelyan presented the book to his colleagues and students on March 5, 2008 at CRRC-Armenia premises.