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Discovering the System Structure with Applications in Economic and Social Sciences


  • Stefanescu, Stefan

    () (Institute for the Quality of Life, Romanian Academy.)


We develop Dobrescu’s ideas (2011, 2013) to discover the main characteristics of an economic or social system. Many classifications of models, based on different dissimilarity measures, were taken into consideration. Also a practical example, which analyzes the relations among some indicators regarding the quality of life in Romania in 2010, was given.

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  • Stefanescu, Stefan, 2013. "Discovering the System Structure with Applications in Economic and Social Sciences," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(2), pages 129-140, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rjr:romjef:v::y:2013:i:2:p:129-140

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    1. Dobrescu, Emilian, 2011. "Sectoral Structure and Economic Growth," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(3), pages 5-36, September.
    2. Giovagnoli, A. & Wynn, H.P., 2008. "Stochastic orderings for discrete random variables," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 78(16), pages 2827-2835, November.
    3. Dobrescu, Emilian, 2013. "Restatement of the I-O Coefficient Stability Problem," Working Papers of Macroeconomic Modelling Seminar 132601, Institute for Economic Forecasting.
    4. Tülin Erdem, 1996. "A Dynamic Analysis of Market Structure Based on Panel Data," Marketing Science, INFORMS, vol. 15(4), pages 359-378.
    5. A. B. Atkinson & F. Bourguignon, 1982. "The Comparison of Multi-Dimensioned Distributions of Economic Status," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 49(2), pages 183-201.
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    system structure; dissimilarity measures; structural levels; hierarchical clustering; quality of life indicators;

    JEL classification:

    • C18 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Methodolical Issues: General
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • P51 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Analysis of Economic Systems


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