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Measuring Of Ethnic Homogeneity Of The Population – One New Approach

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  • Dimitar Arkadiev

    () (Faculty of Economics, "St. Cyril and St. Methodius" University, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria)

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The necessity of constructing a measure of ethnic homogeneity of the population of the different countries is founded. The advantages and shortcomings of different indices used for this purpose are discussed. The indicators according to which the different ethnic communities and groups are con-verging (respectively diverging) are also discussed. It is established that the language and territorial proximity are most important. Their definition does not cause special difficulties. For other types of proximity - religious, racial, economic, etc., considerable difficulties arise for their measurement. A coefficient of population ethnic homogeneity is proposed. It accounts for the number of the respective ethnic group and the degree of proximity to the basic (the most numerous) ethnic group in the country. For the definition of this proximity a range scale is applied. A classification of the coefficient of ethnic homogeneity is done. Examples for calculating the coefficient for different countries are given.

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  • Dimitar Arkadiev, 2010. "Measuring Of Ethnic Homogeneity Of The Population – One New Approach," Analele Stiintifice ale Universitatii "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" din Iasi - Stiinte Economice, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 57, pages 421-438, november.
  • Handle: RePEc:aic:journl:y:2010:v:57:p:421-438
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    Keywords

    economic comparison; indexes of ethnic heterogeneity; ethnic indicators; ethnic data; ethnic classification; coefficient of ethnic homogeneity;

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    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • B49 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Other
    • C19 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Other
    • C46 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Specific Distributions
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • N30 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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