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Partial Productivity Of Agriculture In The Western Balkan Countries – Implication For Competitiveness Of The Rural Economy


  • Zekic, Stanislav
  • Gajic, Milivoj
  • Lovre, Koviljko


The process of transition and, within it, the agricultural transformation in the Western Balkan countries resulted, in the first phase, in the weakening of the developmental performances in agriculture. Such tendencies widened the gap between the countries of the Western Balkans and the EU countries, which continued their steady increase in agricultural productivity. Unfavorable tendencies in agricultural productivity adversely affected its competitiveness, and, consequently, the competitiveness of the rural economy as a whole. The effect of the low agricultural competitiveness on the competitiveness of the rural economy is determined by the importance of agriculture in the rural economy, which is substantial in the West Balkan countries.

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  • Zekic, Stanislav & Gajic, Milivoj & Lovre, Koviljko, 2009. "Partial Productivity Of Agriculture In The Western Balkan Countries – Implication For Competitiveness Of The Rural Economy," 113th Seminar, December 9-11, 2009, Belgrade, Serbia 57398, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ea113a:57398

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    1. Yves Léon, 2005. "Rural development in Europe: a research frontier for agricultural economists," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 32(3), pages 301-317, September.
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    1. Dusko Bodroza & Marko Danon, 2012. "The Economic Importance of Agriculture in Western Balkan Countries," Book Chapters, Institute of Economic Sciences.

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    Productivity; Agriculture; Competitiveness; Rural Development; the West Balkans; Transition; Agribusiness; Community/Rural/Urban Development; International Development; Productivity Analysis;

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