Structural Convergence of the Central and Eastern European Countries: Achivements in the Last Decade
The paper studies the structural convergence of the Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) with the Euro area, in order to determine whether the last decade led an increase or a decrease of the gaps between these two regions. The main findings of the paper indicate that only three CEECs out of ten reached a higher level of structural convergence with the Euro area in the last decade, namely Latvia, Bulgaria and Slovenia. Romania remains by far the country with the highest level of structural divergence. The analysis is based on cluster methodology and the structural divergence index developed by Krugman (2001).
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