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The Sadness of Bulgaria

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  • Hernando Zuleta

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  • Maria Draganova

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Abstract

There is a significant positive statistical connection between GDP per capita and the satisfaction rate. However, Bulgaria, being a middle income economy, is one of the saddest places on Earth. We try to identify possible reasons for this phenomenon and we put forward some policy implications. The evolution of fertility rates, income per capita and income distribution during the democratic era help to understand the Bulgarian sadness.

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  • Hernando Zuleta & Maria Draganova, 2012. "The Sadness of Bulgaria," DOCUMENTOS CEDE 010018, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000089:010018
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    1. Why is research about Bulgarians' sadness so sad?
      by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2012-10-25 19:12:00

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    Keywords

    Happiness; Prospect Theory; Relative Consumption; Communism;

    JEL classification:

    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D69 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Other
    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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