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The “Bulgarian paradox” – Economic Growth Which Arouses No Optimism


  • Stoyadin Savov


This article challenges the formulation of the paradox “there is growth, but it arouses no optimism“. The author defends the proposition that the existing economic growth does not give rise to optimism because it does not lead to increased level and quality of life among low-income social strata. The macroeconomic indicators of the former are interpreted not only from the viewpoint of the average Bulgarian, but also in view of decile groups income distribution. Searching an answer to the above question, there are formulated 6 hypotheses, the fifth being “the dynamics of social inequality and the loss of social status during the years of transition”. It is the most plausible but it has not been defended adequately and is overlooked in the discussions that take place. The present article presents some comments on the these issues.

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  • Stoyadin Savov, 2004. "The “Bulgarian paradox” – Economic Growth Which Arouses No Optimism," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 3, pages 3-25.
  • Handle: RePEc:bas:econth:y:2004:i:3:p:3-25

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    JEL classification:

    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics


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