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Institutional Harmonization in the Context of Relations Between the EU and Its Eastern Neighbours: Costs and Benefits and Methodologies of Their Measurement


  • Veliko Dimitrov
  • Vladimir Dubrovskiy
  • Irina Orlova


This paper studies costs and benefits of institutional harmonisation in the context of EU relations with its neighbors. The purpose of this paper is to outline the likely forms of institutional harmonisation between the EU and its Eastern neighbors and provide an overview of the methodologies that can be used in measuring its effects (costs and benefits). This paper serves as a background for two measurement exercises – one on benefits and another on costs – that are to be undertaken during the second stage of research.

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  • Veliko Dimitrov & Vladimir Dubrovskiy & Irina Orlova, 2007. "Institutional Harmonization in the Context of Relations Between the EU and Its Eastern Neighbours: Costs and Benefits and Methodologies of Their Measurement," CASE Network Reports 0075, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:sec:cnrepo:0075

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    Institutional harmonization; European integration; European Neighborhood Policy (ENP); market access; non-tariff barriers (NTBs).;

    JEL classification:

    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • P33 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - International Trade, Finance, Investment, Relations, and Aid


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