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Regional Productivity Differentials in Three New Member Countries: What Can We Learn from the 1986 Enlargement to the South?


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  • Dall'erba, Sandy

    (REAL, U IL)

  • Kamarianakis, Yiannis

    (U Crete and Foundation for Research and Technology, Heraklion)

  • Le Gallo, Julie

    (IERSO, U Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV)

  • Plotnikova, Maria

    (Center for Development Research, U Bonn)


The recent enlargement of the European Union (EU) will lead to unprecedented reforms of regional policies. We examine the regional distribution of gross value added, employment, and productivity for the Polish, Hungarian, and Czech regions, and compare them to the EU-15 average for the 1990-2000 period. We study their per capita incomes relative to the EU average and how these gaps are related to differences in productivity per worker. Finally, we use Esteban's (2000) shift-share analysis to explore the extent to which regional productivity gaps are due to differences in industrial mix as opposed to region-specific factors. The results are compared to figures for the Spanish and Portuguese regions a decade before their entrance to the EU.

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Article provided by Southern Regional Science Association in its journal Review of Regional Studies.

Volume (Year): 35 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 97-116

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Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:35:y:2005:i:1:p:97-116

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  1. Bruno Bracalente & Cristiano Perugini, 2010. "The components of regional disparities in Europe," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 44(3), pages 621-645, June.
  2. Julie Le Gallo & Yiannis Kamarianakis, 2011. "The Evolution of Regional Productivity Disparities in the European Union from 1975 to 2002: A Combination of Shift-Share and Spatial Econometrics," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(1), pages 123-139.


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