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Distance in time between transition economies and the European Union


  • Pavle Sicherl

    () (SICENTER , Brajnikova 19, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia)


The time distance methodology used offers a new perspective to the problem, an additional statistical measure, and a presentation tool for policy analysis and debate readily understood by policy makers, media and general public. Disparity between the analysed transition economies and EU countries is considerably smaller for other indicators than for GDP per capita. Compared with Ireland, Portugal and Greece Slovenia was in 1995 in 13 cases behind (but time lag of Slovenia never exceeded 10 years) and in 13 cases ahead of them. Sicherl (1997a) discusses application of S-distance to time series regressions, models, forecasting and monitoring.

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  • Pavle Sicherl, 1999. "Distance in time between transition economies and the European Union," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 24(1), pages 101-119.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:24:y:1999:i:1:p:101-119
    Note: received: October 1995/final version received: April 1998

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    1. Judy Day & Peter Taylor, 2010. "Trajectories of accounting and auditing development in EU enlargement: comparative analysis of ten new member states," Journal of Management & Governance, Springer;Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale (AIDEA), vol. 14(4), pages 313-350, November.

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    Time distance · S-distance · transition economies · EU · Slovenia · depression · recovery;

    JEL classification:

    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • N10 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe


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