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Subsidization and Structural Change in Eastern German Transition: Did Economic Policy Meet Its Objectives?

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    Economic policy interventions of a scale as effected in eastern Germany can be expected to have a significant impact on the economy, which may be in accordance with the objectives of the policy measures or manifest itself in distortions of several kinds. This paper analyzes the structural effects of investment subsidization as one of the core policy instruments by means of an error-correction model of factor demand and output. It intends to find out whether investment subsidization contributes to creating competitive economic structures, employment and growth or whether it just fosters an exaggerated capital intensity.

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    Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 998.

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    Length: 96 pages
    Date of creation: Aug 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:998

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    Keywords: Subsidization; transition; factor demand; substitution; panel estimation;

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    1. Falko Juessen, 2009. "A distribution dynamics approach to regional GDP convergence in unified Germany," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 37(3), pages 627-652, December.
    2. Kilin F.S., 2003. "Analysis of convergence process of East German economy on the base of a two-region growth model," GE, Growth, Math methods 0304002, EconWPA.
    3. Falko Juessen, 2005. "A distribution dynamics approach to regional income convergence in reunified Germany," ERSA conference papers ersa05p411, European Regional Science Association.

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