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The Quality of Life and Regional Development in FYR Macedonia


  • William Bartlett

    () (London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK)

  • Hristina Cipusheva

    () (South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia)

  • Marjan Nikolov

    () (Center for Economic Analyses, Skopje, Macedonia)

  • Miroljub Shukarov

    () (South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia)


The paper focuses on regional disparities in the quality of life in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It explores the relationship between the quality of life, social exclusion, and policies towards regional and local economic development. The paper is based on a household survey carried out in August 2008 which provides a detailed picture of the situation facing households across regions. Overall, the survey shows that there are large regional disparities in life satisfaction, indicating an important role for regional policy in improving the life experience of people living in the most deprived parts of the country. The paper concludes with a number of recommendations for improving the focus of regional policies to ensure a higher quality of life in the deprived regions of Macedonia.

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  • William Bartlett & Hristina Cipusheva & Marjan Nikolov & Miroljub Shukarov, 2010. "The Quality of Life and Regional Development in FYR Macedonia," Croatian Economic Survey, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, vol. 12(1), pages 121-162, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:iez:survey:ces-v12_04-2010_bartlett-cipusheva-nikolov-shukarov

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    quality of life; happiness; regional disparities; FYR Macedonia;

    JEL classification:

    • I00 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General - - - General
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty


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