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Measuring Poverty in Bulgaria

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  • Bogdan Bogdanov
  • Vassil Tsanov

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The present poverty analysis is based on statistical data from the multipurpose survey of households in Bulgaria conducted jointly by the National Statistical Institute, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the World Bank in 2003. Statistical Data is interpreted in detail as are the main characteristics of the aggregates “Net Income” and “Consumption”, used in estimating poverty levels. The former is studied with the help of three approaches (absolute, relative and subjective), widely used in global practice, and their respective methodology. At the same time, a critical analysis of the advantages and drawbacks of each approach is given in order to assist the choice of a poverty line in accordance with the conditions in this country. The results obtained are compared with those of previous surveys and similar ones conducted in other European countries.

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  • Bogdan Bogdanov & Vassil Tsanov, 2004. "Measuring Poverty in Bulgaria," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 4, pages 3-27.
  • Handle: RePEc:bas:econth:y:2004:i:4:p:3-27
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    1. Foster, James & Greer, Joel & Thorbecke, Erik, 1984. "A Class of Decomposable Poverty Measures," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 52(3), pages 761-766, 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, vol. 4(1), pages 33-62, April.
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    1. Vesselin Mintchev & Venelin Boshnakov & Alexander Naydenov, 2010. "Sources of Income Inequality: Empirical Evidence from Bulgaria," Economic Studies journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 4, pages 39-64.

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    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access

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