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  • Irina Isaic-Maniu

    () (Department of Statistics and Econometrics, Bucharest University of Economic Studies)


In Romania, as in many other Central and East European countries, two significant processes took place: the transfer of the ownership from the state to private law persons and the founding of new, independent enterprises, as a result of the private initiative. The first consequence of the two processes was the increase of the private sector’ share in the national production, contribution of about 70% of the total GDP in the present. A second major consequence influenced the labor force market. While privatization led, as a rule, to the reduction in the number of jobs and amplified unemployment, the new private sector, the sector of SMEs, generated the majority of the new jobs. Next to the merit of the contribution to the creation of a stronger private sector, many of the new enterprises are characterized by a special flexibility and a power to adapt to the new, to the demands and trends of the market.

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  • Irina Isaic-Maniu, 2008. "TERRITORIAL DISCREPANCIES CONCERNING SMEs PERFORMANCES IN ROMANIA," Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Romanian Regional Science Association, vol. 2(1), pages 108-126, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rrs:journl:v:2:y:2008:i:1:p:108-126

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    1. Ruby Roy Dholakia & Nir Kshetri, 2004. "Factors Impacting the Adoption of the Internet among SMEs," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 23(4), pages 311-322, November.
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    SMEs; development region; disparity; CANE activity;

    JEL classification:

    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • R30 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - General


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