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Measuring Of Ethnic Homogeneity Of The Population – One New Approach

Dimitar Arkadiev ()
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Dimitar Arkadiev: Faculty of Economics, "St. Cyril and St. Methodius" University, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Analele Stiintifice ale Universitatii "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" din Iasi - Stiinte Economice (1954-2015), 2010, vol. 57, 421-438

Abstract: The necessity of constructing a measure of ethnic homogeneity of the population of the different countries is founded. The advantages and shortcomings of different indices used for this purpose are discussed. The indicators according to which the different ethnic communities and groups are con-verging (respectively diverging) are also discussed. It is established that the language and territorial proximity are most important. Their definition does not cause special difficulties. For other types of proximity - religious, racial, economic, etc., considerable difficulties arise for their measurement. A coefficient of population ethnic homogeneity is proposed. It accounts for the number of the respective ethnic group and the degree of proximity to the basic (the most numerous) ethnic group in the country. For the definition of this proximity a range scale is applied. A classification of the coefficient of ethnic homogeneity is done. Examples for calculating the coefficient for different countries are given.

Keywords: economic comparison; indexes of ethnic heterogeneity; ethnic indicators; ethnic data; ethnic classification; coefficient of ethnic homogeneity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 B49 C19 C46 D72 J15 N30 O15 O57 R15 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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