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The Productivity Gap between East and West Europe: What Role for Sectoral Structures during Integration?

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  • Johannes Stephan

    (Institute for Economic Research - Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle IWH)

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Analysis into the sources of lower levels of national productivities between Central East European Economies and the European Union is scarce and lacks comparability. These sources are assessed by analysing the role played by sectoral structures. After providing a brief overview over comparative levels of economy-wide labour productivity between the EU-15 average, selected EU cohesion countries and the EU accession countries of Estonia, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Slovenia, a quantitative account of the sectoral content of the national productivity gap is calculated. The paper develops a method to calculate the explanatory power of patterns of sectoral structures for the size of the productivity gap by hypothetically applying average EU- 15 sectoral patterns on Central East European economies’ sectoral productivities. Subsequently, the respective roles of individual sectors in explaining the national productivity gaps are being calculated by attaching weights to sectoral productivity gaps relative to their employment shares. These results are then carefully assessed in terms of potentials and prospects for a swift and complete productivity catch-up and in terms of the most efficient policies to assist productivity convergence.

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  • Johannes Stephan, 2004. "The Productivity Gap between East and West Europe: What Role for Sectoral Structures during Integration?," Development and Comp Systems 0403004, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0403004 Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 18
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    1. Cornwall, John & Cornwall, Wendy, 1994. "Growth Theory and Economic Structure," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 61(242), pages 237-251, May.
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    1. Hamar, Judit, 2005. "Üzleti szolgáltatások Magyarországon
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    5. Slavo Radosevic, 2004. "A Two-Tier or Multi-Tier Europe? Assessing the Innovation Capacities of Central and East European Countries in the Enlarged EU," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(3), pages 641-666, September.
    6. Facchini, Giovanni & Segnana, Maria Luigia, 2003. "Growth at the EU periphery: the next enlargement," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 43(5), pages 827-862.
    7. Maciej Grodzicki, 2014. "Structural Similarities Of The Economies Of The European Union," Equilibrium. Quarterly Journal of Economics and Economic Policy, Institute of Economic Research, vol. 9(1), pages 91-117, March.
    8. Dr Johannes Stephan, 2004. "Evolving Structural Patterns in the Enlarging European Division of Labour: Sectoral and Branch Specialisation and the Potentials for Closing the Productivity Gap," Development and Comp Systems 0403003, EconWPA.

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    Keywords

    Transition economies; economic development; productivity gap; EU cohesion policies; integration theory; sectoral patterns; specialisation patterns;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
    • P27 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Performance and Prospects

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