Data and Sources

Data is a crucial component of economic research. Without the right data at hand, researchers and the public would be left in the dark regarding specific issues facing the society, while policy makers would not have the tools to implement and monitor policy solutions. It is equally important that the data is made available to the public or to researchers working on scientific projects. Data transparency ensures sound research practices, free and open discourse on acute policy issues, and implementation of evidence-based policy solutions. Unfortunately, many developing countries suffer from data availability problem, especially as it relates to gender data. One of the aims of our project is to encourage countries in the South Caucasus and the broader region to close data collection gaps on gender-relevant issues and ensure greater data transparency and availability for research purposes.

The data we use for the creation of both  the South Caucasus Gender Equality Index (SCGEI) and Region in Transition Gender Equality Index (RTGEI) is based on publicly available sources, including international and country-specific ones. The research team behind both indexes relies on the indicators available from the World Bank, the United Nations, national statistical agencies and, in many instances, publicly available research, such as surveys and country studies. We make the data we collect from public sources and the indicators we construct based on this data available to other researchers free of charge upon request. To obtain the data files associated with the indexes please contact us at [email protected]