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Measuring Poverty in Bulgaria

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  • Bogdan Bogdanov
  • Vassil Tsanov

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The analysis of poverty is based on the statistical information from “Multi-topic Household Survey (MHS)” – a survey carried out in 2003 as a collaboration of the National Statistical Institute, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, and the World Bank. The paper presents a detailed interpretation of the statistical information and the basic characteristics of the aggregates “Net income” and “Consumption”, used in poverty evaluation. Poverty is studied by applying the three widely used approaches (absolute, relative and subjective) and related methods. The critical evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of the particular approaches and methods helps select a poverty line, suitable to our conditions. The obtained results are compared to the results from previous and similar studies in European countries.

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Article provided by Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute in its journal Economic Thought.

Volume (Year): (2004)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
Pages: 44-65

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Handle: RePEc:bas:econth:y:2004:i:7:p:44-65

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  1. Foster, James & Greer, Joel & Thorbecke, Erik, 1984. "A Class of Decomposable Poverty Measures," Econometrica, Econometric Society, Econometric Society, vol. 52(3), pages 761-66, May.
  2. Van Praag, Bernard M. S. & Kapteyn, Arie, 1973. "Further evidence on the individual welfare function of income: An empirical investigatiion in The Netherlands," European Economic Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 4(1), pages 33-62, April.
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  1. Venelin Boshnakov & Vesselin Mintchev & Alexander Naydenov, 2011. "Sources of Income Inequality: Empirical Evidence from Bulgaria," wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Papers, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw 89, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
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