The Attractiveness of the Western Balkans for the FDI
AbstractAs the EU expands, the focus is on the Western Balkans region1, which is rich with opportunity and potential. It is experiencing significant improvements in terms of reforms, economic growth and foreign direct investment (FDI). Developing economies such as those in the Western Balkans are particularly dynamic, which can mean rapidly changing costs and conditions for investors. The region has made strong progress, outpacing Central Europe in economic growth with an average gross domestic product (GDP) increase, these latest years. For the next several years, the markedly strong economic development is expected to continue in Western Balkans. Inflation has largely been kept under control, and is expected to decline further in the near future. The Western Balkans are improving risk profile and economic outlook are also validated by the international credit ratings. As unemployment (in almost all Western Balkans countries) is still high, sustainable economic growth (Redzepagic and Llorca 2007) and job creation are the major challenges the region faces. It is important to mention, for example, that the FDI into the region was 3.4 billion of euros in 2005, but also the cumulative FDI inflow in the region was near 15 billion of euros for the five-year period of 2001-2005 (Redžepagić and Richet 2008). As the countries of the region rarely invested abroad, net FDI inflows also played a key role in financing foreign trade imbalances that stem from ongoing structural reforms and significant investment demand in the transition to free markets.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Institute of Economic Sciences in its journal Economic Analysis.
Volume (Year): 41 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1-2 ()
Contact details of provider:
Postal: 12 Zmaj Jovina St, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Phone: +381 11 2622 357, 2623-055
Fax: +381 11 2181 471
Web page: http://www.ien.bg.ac.rs
More information through EDIRC
FDI; CEEC; European Union; investments; economy;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Capital; Investment; Capacity
- O18 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
You can help add them by filling out this form.
reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.Access and download statisticsgeneral information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Zorica Bozic).
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.