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An Econometric Macro-model of Transition: Policy Choices in the Pre-Accession Period

  • Barrell, Ray

    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research)

  • Dawn Holland
  • Nigel Pain

This paper analyses current policy choices facing the candidate countries for EU accession using newly developed econometric macromodels of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Estonia. The models allow for endogenous growth, and they have been incorporated into an existing global econometric model (NiGEM). This allows long-term projections to be made consistently with expected developments in other economies and allows full feedbacks with the rest of the world so that we can understand impacts on existing EU members as well as the candidate countries. This paper has several novel features, in that we use modern panel data techniques on short time series data in order to construct models of a number of economies. In constructing the models, we have taken special care to consider the roles of openness and foreign investment on productivity and growth. Different policies toward growth and the enhancement of technology transfer are analysed using the models, and policy advice on the accession and integration are made.

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Paper provided by Royal Economic Society in its series Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2002 with number 15.

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Date of creation: 29 Aug 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ecj:ac2002:15
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