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A diagnostics approach to economic growth and employment policy in low income economies: The case of Kosovo


  • Kunal Sen
  • Colin Kirkpatrick


The economic challenges facing Kosovo in 2008 are considerable. Economic growth has been below the rate achieved in neighbouring countries and more than one-third of the work force is unemployed. The paper applies a ‘diagnostics’ analytical framework to identify the most binding constraints on economic growth and job creation. The binding constraints to growth are found to be the costs and access to finance, poor provision of public goods and weaknesses in the rule of law. The analysis also suggests that policy options for job creation must focus on increasing both economic growth and the employment intensity of growth. Copyright (C) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Kunal Sen & Colin Kirkpatrick, 2011. "A diagnostics approach to economic growth and employment policy in low income economies: The case of Kosovo," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 23(1), pages 132-154, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:23:y:2011:i:1:p:132-154

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    1. Gabrisch, Hubert, 2014. "The binding constraint on growth in less developed Western Balkan countries," MPRA Paper 60020, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Braha, Kushtrim & Cupak, Andrej & Qineti, Artan & Pokrivcak, Jan, 2018. "Food Demand System in Transition Economies: Evidence from Kosovo," 162nd Seminar, April 26-27, 2018, Budapest, Hungary 272050, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    3. Dragan TEVDOVSKI & Vladimir FILIPOVSKI & Igor IVANOVSKI, 2014. "A Diagnostics Approach To Economic Growth In Small Open Economies: The Case Of The Republic Of Macedonia," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 13, pages 47-68, June.
    4. Braha, Kushtrim & Cupák, Andrej & Pokrivčák, Ján & Qineti, Artan & Rizov, Marian, 2017. "Economic analysis of the link between diet quality and health: Evidence from Kosovo," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 27(PA), pages 261-274.
    5. Fadil Sahiti & Helen Lawton Smith, 2017. "An application of growth diagnostics on the growth of firms: with evidence from Kosovo firms," Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 6(1), pages 1-24, December.
    6. Meerim Sydykova, 2015. "Diagnosing Growth Constraints in Central Asia: The Case of the Kyrgyz Republic," ERSA conference papers ersa15p1626, European Regional Science Association.
    7. Braha, Kushtrim & Rajcaniova, Miroslava & Qineti, Artan, 2015. "Spatial Price Transmission and Food Security: The case of Kosovo," 2015 Fourth Congress, June 11-12, 2015, Ancona, Italy 207843, Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA).


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