Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/184996
Authors: 
Toader, Şerban
Iancu, Victor
Olteanu, Dan
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers 161212
Abstract: 
We aim to clarify how objective wellbeing in Romania, as expressed by statistical indicators, evolved during two and a half decades (1990-2014). We considered three main pillars of welfare - health, income & consumption, education - and we investigated their evolution for five CEE countries: Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, to which we added a western european country - Germany -, as a banchmark for comparison. We conclude that Romania's welfare development, determined using our indicators and methodology, appears to be consistent and robust. Considering the overall welfare development relative scores, Romania ranks second among the countries under survey, after Poland. Accordingly, even though for some indicators Romania was and still is positioned below other CEE countries in absolute figures, the positive evolutions we have observed for some indicators show a convergence tendency with countries better positioned so far, as confirmed by reducing gaps for these indicators. However, this 2nd rank comprises mixed performances among the analysed indicators. For instance, Romania's wellbeing development lags behind some other CEE countries for life expectancy, tertiary enrolment and human capital. As a result, absolute gaps have expanded. Moreover, in the case of GDP, although its relative growth was lower only than that of Poland, the absolute gap between Romania and other two countries (Czech Republic and Germany) widened in 2014, as compared with 1991. This study has been financed by KPMG Romania.
Subjects: 
wellbeing
health
income
consumption
education
CEE
JEL: 
D60
I31
I10
E01
E21
I20
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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