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Eu integration and the prospects for catch-up development in ceecs - the determinants of the productivity gap

Objective

The agenda of EU Enlargement is biased towards institutional integration and convergence.
Little effort in research has so far been invested to understand the effects of integration on the conditions of productivity growth in CEECs. The research project will assess determinants of the productivity gap between selected accession candidates (Estonia, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Slovenia) and the EU. The method of analysis comprises field studies (questionnaires, structured interviews), quantitative empirical analysis and literature assessment. The project will construct and integrate new sets of data and indicators of comparative nature at the wider European level. The further closure of this gap is conditional to the catching up of accession candidates to EU levels of economic development. Our understanding of the conditions for a closure of this gap is scarce and lacks comparability. This project should significantly improve our understanding of productivity determinants by assessing specialisation patterns, conditions for indigenous technological change and technology transfer, and firm-specific determinants of the productivity gap. This will provide the basis for assessing current accession policies and for the development of policy alternatives for a more efficient and effective management of the accession and integration process.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

INSTITUT FUER WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG HALLE
Address
Kleine Maerkerstrasse 8
06108 Halle (Saale)
Germany

Participants (11)

CENTER FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Poland
Address
Ul. Sienkiewicza 12
00944 Warszawa
FACULTY OF ECONOMICS
Slovakia
Address
Technical University Of Kosice, B. Nemcovej 32
040 01 Kosice
HUNGARIAN CENTRAL STATISTICAL OFFICE
Hungary
Address
Angol U. 77
1149 Budapest
INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH
Slovenia
Address
Kardeljewa Ploscad 17
1000 Ljubljana
KOPINT DATORG FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH
Hungary
Address
Csokonai Utca 3
1081 Budapest
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF OPOLE
Poland
Address
Warynskiego 4
45-047 Opole
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Gower Street, Senate House
WC1E 7HU London
UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS PRAGUE
Czechia
Address
Nam. W. Churchilla 4
130 67 Praha 3
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom
Address
Arts E
BN1 9RH Brighton / Falmer
UNIVERSITY OF TARTU
Estonia
Address
Uelikooli Str. 18
50090 Tartu
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italy
Address
Via Inama 1
38100 Trento