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Prospective NATO or EU Membership and Institutional Change in Transition Countries

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  • Belke, Ansgar

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    (University of Duisburg-Essen)

  • Bordon, Ingo

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    (University of Duisburg-Essen)

  • Melnykovska, Inna

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    (University of Kiel)

  • Schweickert, Rainer

    ()
    (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

Abstract

This paper quantifies the impact of incentives related to potential membership on institutional change as measured by the World Bank Governance Indicators (WBGI). Based on a panel of 25 transition countries for the period from 1996 to 2008 we show that pre-accession incentives provided by EU and NATO clearly matter for institutional development. In addition, path-dependency determined by cultural norms may be overcome by economic liberalization while foreign aid seems to hamper institutional development.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4483.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2009
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Publication status: published in: Economics of Transition, 2011, 19 (4), 667-692
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Keywords: institutional change; transition economies; NATO; EU; governance;

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Cited by:
  1. Belke, Ansgar & Vogel, Lukas, 2012. "Monetary Commitment and Structural Reforms: A Dynamic Panel Analysis for Transition Economies," IZA Discussion Papers 6775, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Rainer Schweickert & Inna Melnykovska & Hedwig Plamper, 2012. "External Drivers of Institutional Change in Central Asia – Regional Integration Schemes and the Role of Russia and China," Kiel Working Papers 1763, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  3. Rainer Schweickert & Inna Melnykovska & Hanno Heitmann, 2012. "Picking Winners? Evidence on NATO’s Enlargement Strategy," Transition Studies Review, Springer, Springer, vol. 18(3), pages 570-585, March.
  4. Uwe B�wer & Alessandro Turrini, 2009. "EU accession: A road to fast-track convergence?," European Economy - Economic Papers, Directorate General Economic and Monetary Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission 393, Directorate General Economic and Monetary Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
  5. Rainer Schweickert & Inna Melnykovska & Hanno Heitmann, 2012. "Beyond Security, Towards Institution Building – The Case of NATO-Macedonia Relations," Kiel Working Papers 1757, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  6. Rainer Schweickert & Jonas Kauschke & Hanno Heitmann, 2010. "Accession Incentives for Institutional Change in Post-Socialist Countries – Cross-Section and Country Evidence from NATO Enlargement," Kiel Working Papers 1597, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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