Plopeanu Aurelian-Petrus

Plopeanu Aurelian-Petrus
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza | UAIC · Institute of Interdisciplinary Research, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities

PhD habil. Researcher (CS II dr. habil.)
Interdisciplinary research in institutional economics, micro&macroeconomics, migration, corruption, religion, history

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Additional affiliations
January 2017 - December 2019
Universität Bern
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Description
  • Member in the project "Religion and patterns of social and economic organization. Elective affinity between religion and economy in Christian denominations in Switzerland and Russia"
June 2015 - September 2015
Universität Bern
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Description
  • Http://www.ager.unibe.ch/plopeanu.html Research Fellowship
March 2013 - October 2020
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
October 2006 - October 2009
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza
Field of study
  • Economics

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Publications (86)
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Currently, most of Weber's work is still one that lends itself to various interpretations and, thus, it equally lends itself to countless debates. Weber has been criticized for various reasons: lack of a full understanding of the Protestant doctrine; a faulty interpretation of the Catholic doctrine and for the idea of various forms of capitalism; h...
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Recently, more and more use is made from book production as a measure of the long-run development of human capital. However, its relation with technology and growth is often found to be small and changing over time. In this paper we try to establish the link between book production and the spread of "ideas" as proxied by patents both over time and...
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Today there is a fruitful dispute between secularists and those who argue the compatibility between Christianity, with its religious precepts and intrinsic system of ethical values, and the liberal democracy. The second group is however hopelessly wrong, as much as the first. This endeavor is epistemologically wrong and the argument is pretty simpl...
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The invention of printing press and the process of book production had an important impact on the entire human action, affecting almost every political, economic, social, religious and philosophical field. For centuries, the book production was mostly conducted in relation with the Church. And this is just one argument that could explain the contri...
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In this paper, we examine the influence exerted by formal and informal institutions on financial investment behaviour across households from 25 European countries. Our results reveal that people from former communist countries are less likely to make such financial decisions, while the same relationship holds for those who lived in countries that a...
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The paper aims to deepen understanding of the reasons for participation in undeclared work and under-declared employment. Alongside the main theories used so far in the field, self-determination theory is introduced by investigating the role of internalized and extrinsic motivation. Logistic regression analysis and classification and regression tre...
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While under communism the identity-providing religion was suppressed, religiosity is strong today even among the youth in post-communist countries. This provides an appropriate background to investigate how external and internal religiosity relate to risky behaviors like smoking, drinking, and drugs among the young. This study shows that not religi...
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Forthcoming: Journal of Economics, Management and Religion (JEMAR)
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In this paper, we analyze the determinants of job satisfaction for employees over the age 50 or more, using the latest SHARE-ERIC dataset (Wave 7) filtered for Romania (over 2000 records). After applying logistic regressions with average marginal effects, we obtained an overall and seven regional models which emphasize that a good atmosphere at the...
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The paper aims to emphasize the advantages of several advanced statistical and data mining techniques when applied to the dense literature on corruption measurements and determinants. For this purpose, we used all seven waves of the World Values Survey and we employed the Naive Bayes technique in SQL Server Analysis Services 2016, the LASSO package...
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This study analyzes the bribery acceptance propensity. We used 5072 responses from students in economics (seven universities from the Republic of Moldova and two Romanian regions). We wanted to see communism's impact on this inclination from east to west in territories with Romanian origins. We used purposive sampling, Data Mining, OLS, and Logit r...
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In this paper, we aim to identify the determinants of online effective learning in the emergency situation created by COVID19 pandemic. Further, we test which of the learning methods (traditional, online, and hybrid) is preferred by Romanian students in economics in this unusual context. Using a sample of 1415 students from five major Romanian facu...
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Background: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a psychotherapeutic intervention that proved to be an efficient treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders. Religious features can be efficiently integrated within cognitive-behavioral approaches both during the assessment and treatment processes. The use of a specific instrument for measuring relig...
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This article presents a validation study of the short forms of the Centrality of Religiosity Scale (CRS) in Romania, followed by an examination of religious individualism among Orthodox and Pentecostal Christians. In a first step, the validity and reliability of the short forms of the CRS, namely the Abrahamitic CRS-5 and the interreligious CRSi-7,...
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This article analyzes the impact of socio-cultural integration on migrants’ intention to return to their country of origin. It distinguishes between the potential effects of inter-ethnic relations, language proficiency and perception of discrimination as components of integration. It uses individual-level data collected through an original survey a...
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The research focusing on return migration from the perspective of migrants’ relationship with the country of origin has emphasized the emotional and economic ties. Quite often, these ties have been examined separately and there is little indication of what counts more. This article addresses this gap in the literature and analyzes the extent to whi...
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In this paper, we aim to assess whether rationalism is a feature that usually accompanies the architecture and the evolution of financial and economic crisis. We find that, unfortunately, the lack of rationalism and pseudo-rationalism are the rule, not the exception, which created, and still do, the vulnerabilities of modern global economic systems...
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Change consists in a noticeable transformation in time, which affects the structure or functioning of the social organization of a community, changing the course of its history. Without being allowed to induce delusions, change imposes development examples for our society, taking on the role of a modernizing agent. The purpose of the present paper...
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After conducting a survey among Romanian individuals left abroad, we analyze the particular influences relating to their intentions to return to their country of origin. Using Data Mining classifiers, Lasso variable selection procedures and binary logistic regressions for data collected in 2018 in several Western European countries, we have found t...
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The paper brings a methodological contribution useful for supporting the development of predictive models of phenomena and human behaviors in the area of environmental protection with respect for history, geo-location, environment boundaries and considering further applications in defining corresponding stimulating policies by decision makers and m...
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Why do some migrants attend church more than others? This article uses an original survey conducted on first-generation Romanian migrants to identify the determinants of such a behavior. Our study tests the explanatory power of three categories of determinants: migrants’ social network, their ties with the home country and the integration in the ho...
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In this paper, we explore the determinants of being satisfied with a job, starting from a SHARE-ERIC dataset (Wave 7), including responses collected from Romania. To explore and discover reliable predictors in this large amount of data, mostly because of the staggeringly high number of dimensions, we considered the triangulation principle in scienc...
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In the context of increasing concerns about the demographic decline of Europe and the lack of sustainable policies to fight against it, the main purpose of this study is to estimate the migration intention of the Romanian students in economics and business administration and the influence of the determinant factors. Data are collected from a questi...
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This article aims to identify if belonging to one side or another of the former Hapsburg Empire's border matters in relation to migration intentions. Based on a survey of 3,051 students enrolled at three Romanian universities, and using geo‐referencing, data mining tools, logistic regressions and prediction nomograms, we found that students who hav...
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The paper presents the most interesting theories about economics from the Spanish scholastics. The economic theories were formulated by these moral theologians many hundreds of years before British classical liberalism came into action through the writings of Adam Smith. We may consider that the echo of the scholastic theories reaches up to the Aus...
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Based on a survey among students in economics at universities from the Romanian region of Moldova (RoMold) and Republic of Moldova (ReMold), this study explores the influence of familial, background, and individual characteristics on the migration intentions abroad. Both regional models built after using data mining tools and binary logistic regres...
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Nowadays, when there is much concern about the demographic decline of Europe and the stringent need for public policies that support intelligent, sustainable, and inclusive growth in times of population ageing, this study aims to validate several hypotheses regarding the post-graduation migration intentions of students in economics. To analyse thes...
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This paper’s purpose is to validate a set of characteristics concerning Romanian students in economics and business administration regarding their entrepreneurial proclivity after graduation, based on a questionnaire survey with a considerable number of responses and categories of variables. The empirical analyses are based on multinomial logistic...
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The number of books published in a country reflects its economic, social and cultural development. Yet, all too often, the production of books is looked upon solely in economic terms, i.e. as a part of national income, or as a proxy for human capital which, in turn, might explain economic growth. In this paper, we aim to give books their day in cou...
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The main purpose of this article is to describe and validate/test a set of hypothetical traits of the theology students from two important Romanian universities regarding their migration attitudes after graduation. The study is based on a consistent questionnaire survey, both in terms of architecture of variables and number of complete responses. A...
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The main purpose of this article is to describe and validate/test a set of hypothetical traits of the theology students from two important Romanian universities regarding their migration attitudes after graduation. The study is based on a consistent questionnaire survey, both in terms of architecture of variables and number of complete responses. A...
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This paper has as main purpose both the description and the validation of a set of hypothetical traits, corresponding to some profiles of the students from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi (Romania), regarding their migration intentions, based on a questionnaire survey consistent in terms of number and structure of variables and responses...
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The relationship between Church, state, economy and society, especially during the period between the XIth century to XVIth century, is worth analysing. During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church used to rule over almost every aspect of the human communities. There was a rigid society, divided between priests and laymen, in which the former do...
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The transition of Central and Eastern European post-communist countries followed different sets of reforms with different degrees of success which generated a monolithic debate attitude for decades. From shock-therapy and intermediary to gradualist approaches, I stress the superiority of Bing-Bang reforms to market-based economies from economic, po...
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In this paper we analyze the characteristics of labor markets and female labor force in the countries from Central and Eastern Europe in order to verify the existence of significant differences in female labor participation rate among the countries that experienced the same political and economic system before 1990. The paper seeks to address the f...
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In this article, we emphasize the reason of considering religion as an important trigger for political and economic transformations in modern Western Europe, with important spillover effects. We stress the complex causation between religious decisions and dogma with external shocks (revolutions), with their decisive impact on economics and politics...
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For many reasons, it is true that the Protestant Reformation unleashed the forces that lay behind the emergence of capitalism. Such a system was compatible with the emancipation of individuals, their mentalities, due to specific societal reforms and transformations. Therefore, it gave birth, in an unprecedented way, to a “new form of capitalism”. B...
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In a recent paper, I have asserted that the start of the so-called ‘Christian spirit’, which transformed profoundly the Western civilization in the centuries to come, occurred after the First Council of Nicaea (325 AD). Therefore, it is enough to admit that the capitalist ethos was not invented by or during the Protestant Reformation. But it is int...
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Starting with the Reformation, as a social and religious mass movement, the institution of the “state” became synonymous with authority (Obrigkeit), and until the Enlightenment, the mundane absolute order deployed varied patterns. Beginning with Calvinism, which legitimized the expansion of state institutions, the sixteenth and seventeenth centurie...
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A world without crisis may seem an utopia. A crisis is a necessary feature that accompanies the evolution of a human society. The crisis from 2007 showed how difficult is to apply macroeconomic governance and regulations, taken on the contours of globalization. The policymakers did not have to deal with a “simple” macroeconomic imbalance, but with...
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Human societies are evolving in sequences similar to a business cycle. The cause for which the evolution is accompanied by setbacks lies in the complexity of social systems, which, ab initio, cannot be designed or intended by any human mind, and the irrationality arising from limited rationality of economic actors. Therefore, the time shows similar...
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1. Theoretical Framework Centrality and content of personal systems of religious constructs 2. Thesis of differentiation In the group of “highly religious” the internal representation of God concepts is more differentiated that in the group of the “religious”. 3. Thesis of relevance In the group of “highly religious” the psychological relevance of...
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The ‘Christian mind’ was born in 325 AD and it contributed to a profound transformation of the Western world in the sense of ‘modern civilization’. That is why, in the Middle Ages, there was nothing in Protestantism leading automatically to capitalism. The capitalist ethos was present in what is called the ‘Christian mind’. But the importance of Pr...
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This book deals with the theoretical and practical foundations of cyclical economic policies (monetary, fiscal, budgetary, etc.), the structural ones (active sectoral policies, optimizing resource allocation policies, etc.), also the mixtures of established ingredients of different successful, intelligent economic policies, well adapted to certain...
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It is by cultivating the divine attributes that one can reach the highest form of knowledge, the best form of morality and the noblest art. This is the highest spiritual dimension that Man can reach, and we claim that Philosophy, but also Science and our entire life should be directed in this direction. This way we can be happy and make the others...
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Many papal encyclicals were not directly concerned about the appearance of European Union due to many historical, political and social contexts. The fundamental principles developed through several encyclicals from early 19th century to the present day reaffirmed the neutrality of the Church regarding to many forms of government. But the most impor...
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Nor the capitalism nor the communism prove to be the ideal systems. The second has imploded, while the first is transformed under the impact of the strong forces of globalization, crisis, technology, demography and ongoing ideas. It is looking for some kind of mixtum compozitum, which often prove just pure illusions. The crisis is proving to be a s...
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The question about the appearance of Christianity needs many answers and reflections from different angles. How was it possible that such a marginal Messianic movement (from Eastern Roman Empire) become an important religious order in a pagan and intolerant world? How Christianity made its way in a society where many religions were protected by dif...
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In a different manner, starting from Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Black Swan", the present paper offers fundamental notions about economy, in a more accessible and self ironic manner, underlining, once again, the fact that relativity and subjectivity are here at home, which also explains the difficulty of making forests. The accent falls on the recent...
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Full economic rationality hypothesis considers that all individuals know perfectly how to choose in an efficient manner between a set of heterogeneous alternatives, having access to comprehensive and relevant information. The main actor of neoclassical economic, homo economicus, is considered a really powerful computer. We also know that if you wou...
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In many countries, there is a relatively recent tendency that highlights an increasing trend for many religious denominations. Each one produces goods and services (“credence goods”), setting the optimal combination of religious rituals and theology in order to fit the potential believers’ income and level of education. It is considered that the re...
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This paper brings into light different elements from the evolution of collective (social) mentality, with the purpose of noting some aspects of the efforts in changing the mindset. It is important to note the fact that during the development of this content, we tried to consider this change as a special category of externality that appeared precise...
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Change may be perceived as any noticeable transformation over time that affects not only temporarily the structure of the social organization of a given collectivity. In the same time, it interferes with its historical path. Change requires, invariably, specific models of social development. It aims to modernize, to induce the development of the su...
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This article is a brief and tentative overview of the economic history of the Jewish people. The story starts with Cain and continues with Abraham, Melchizedek, David, and Solomon, the prophets, Talmud and cabalist rabbis, up to our times. We attempt to capture the main economic tenets of the Jewish people, the provenience, explanations and their e...
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In this paper we aim to verify the existence of a relationship between GDP per capita, expressed in PPP, different religious freedom indexes and some of Hofstede cultural dimensions. The considered religious freedom indexes are Government Regulation of Religion Index (GRI), Social Regulation of Religion Index (SRI) and Government Favoritism of Reli...
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To a certain extent, it may be that the inflexion that occurred with Renaissance was necessary and even unavoidable. For hundreds of years, the human body was not only ignored but even repressed to the advantage of our spiritual nature. Against the background of the rediscovery of Greek spirituality, da Vinci, Michelangelo and the other coryphaei o...
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Beyond the pragmatic and rational epistemology of the mainstream economics, the authors try to show that economics is simply rediscovering the objective essences, independent of the subject they observe, relevant by multiplying clear and distinct ideas, with Divine guarantee of the reality of perceptual intuitions and world's truths. Therefore, eco...
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In this paper we propose to verify the existence of a relationship between income, as an expression of absolute wealth, and immutable religious values. Based on highly relevant eight religious and moral qualities toward the economic standard of living (generosity and altruism, sense of responsibility, trust, perseverance and determination, religiou...
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In this paper we aim to verify if, in the present context, it is verified the Weber's hypothesis concerning the relationship between religious denomination and economic development. Using a study conducted on 36 countries, the sample is observed by countries' adherence to major religions. The variance of the macroeconomic indicators was synthesized...
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The values, faiths and virtues generate relatively stable attitudes and enduring predispositions of behavior, manifested in relation to a situation or person. The Weberian secularization hypothesis shows that, while the process of economic development is launched, the religious institution plays an increasingly reduced role in the social life and t...
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In the specific literature, religious diversity has received important attention. The present study contributes to the literature of economics of religion by examining the impact of religious freedom and other specific variables of freedom (like economic freedom, political freedom and civil liberties) on the Gross Domestic Product per capita PPP. F...
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The role that it is appropriate for religion to play an important role in the public sphere is a subject of great controversy. The relations between religion and liberty are complex and operate upon many levels. Liberty is about human action based on reflection and choice. A state without power over religion is not necessarily a secular state. The...
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The economic development process is a complex concept, much broader than the material growth model. The economic growth is a process of accumulation in terms of quantity and value, using a series of macroeconomic variables such as GDP, the real wages or the income per capita. Economic development requires, in addition, individual freedoms such as t...
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The purpose of the working paper is to chart the role of religion (the most important part of the culture) and its possibilities of benefiting the economy and society. The aim is to find out how religious competence and economic activities are linked together, how do these elements interact at present and what are the challenges facing them, what i...
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Using different hypothesis and empiric demonstrations of some well-known economists in this domain, the period between 1500-1750, in which appeared the recrudescence of the protestant paradigm of capitalism, try to be considered the explanation by which, at least in the analised period of time, the source of this prosperity are not the endogenous m...
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Any economic paradigm is in some way based on a certain value premise. The Islamic one considers that the main actor, the individual, does not have as a goal the maximising of the output that needs to be realized, in the shape of the wealth or of the individual consuming. The individual is not analysed and appreciated only by means of the mechanist...
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Economy cannot and must not be a layman science or secular praxeology. It is an area of investigation of the mechanisms and concepts that summarize some of the research area and understanding of human action. Economic epistemology emphasizes this aspect, but economics earns ontological value through its apriori determined purpose. However, in these...
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Since Max Weber, there has been a debate on the impact of religion on people's economic attitudes. Religion play a direct role over the individuals because it entails them to become elements of social aggregates that have internal patterns of organization and own goals, shaping with great power the individuals' choices and purposes. We consider rel...
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The U.S. mortgage and the subprime loans melt down has produced a real estate recession. The american real estate crisis started an irrational fear towards financial markets. The global financial system has became vulnerable and fragile, also the financial errors decided to be global and to be spread all over the world in a contageous effect. The e...
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Pleading for an ethical capitalism is not an easy task. Today we are witness to a numerous theories that demonstrate the simple fact that capitalism cannot be an ethical system, but merely a non-ethical one. Such vision is not a natural purpose and also it cannot be an scientific epistemological approach. The main idea of my article demonstrates th...
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European Union continues the integration process as a postmodernist structure. From an institutional optics, the European Union integration is balancing between federalism and intergovernmentalism in the debate sphere. The relation between EU accession and the effects towards economic growth, future integration issues, the federalism and the consti...
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The aim of this study is to emphasize features and peculiarities of the European Union integration theory expansion towards incumbent countries like Romania. The political, economic and social challenges are perceived more intensely by our country, which will domestically perceive, at economic and financial levels, the effects of enlargement. The r...
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Economics has no need for philosophical elements as philosophy for economics ones. Our goal in this article is to unmount and then reconstruct the science of economics after the philosophical rules and objectives. If the philosophy of economics means the philosophical guardianship of economics, we ask ourselves what the philosophy of economics real...
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A millennium ago, the Middle East was one of the most developed and economically advanced region of the world. By the nineteenth century, the same geographical area became underdeveloped relative to the Western culture and society from many variables studied: technology, innovations, knowledge, standard of living, Gross Domestic Product per capita,...
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For the majority of Muslim people, the conventional banks are institutions to be avoided. The Islamic financial markets have recorded and still do demonstrate an institutional and operational frailty when it comes to the necessary instruments in order to intensify the liquidity processes The Islamic financial system is grounded on the forbiddance o...
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The origin of the process of globalisation is thorough. The cultural phenomena is loosing its religiosity, the world is creating its own one slumped into solipsism. In postmodernist era, we all witness a non-political and non-religious process of creating a society scared by the falling down into the false new ideologies, looking for the desire to...

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Dear Michael,
I am interested in the topic of entrepreneurship and I would like to politely ask you to send me some ideas for further understanding. 
Best wishes,
Aurelian
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"social transformation" and "political transformation" are dependent variables.
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We want to measure the quality of economic policies for European countries besides the Human Development Index. 

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Migration and return migration research