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Business Competitiveness after Euro Adoption in Slovakia


  • Tibor Lalinsky

    () (Research Department, National Bank of Slovakia)


Slovak enterprises recorded significant worsening of economic and financial indicators in the time after euro adoption. Dramatic changes in the results of non-financial corporations were observed in most of the EU countries. The main driving factor was a drop in global demand. Some indicators suggest that the adoption of the euro and consequent effective exchange rate appreciation could have an additional negative effect on selected services. Decrease in price and cost competitiveness was only temporary. Tradable sector represented mainly by manufacturing seems to be sufficiently competitive. With gradual recovery of the global economy we can see a growing importance of previously identified competitiveness factors: support of research and development, education and innovations.

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  • Tibor Lalinsky, 2010. "Business Competitiveness after Euro Adoption in Slovakia," Working and Discussion Papers OP 3/2010, Research Department, National Bank of Slovakia.
  • Handle: RePEc:svk:wpaper:1008

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    business competitiveness; impact of euro adoption;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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