Regional convergence in CEE before and after the Global Financial Crisis

Smirnykh, Larisa and Wörgötter, Andreas (May 2021) Regional convergence in CEE before and after the Global Financial Crisis. IHS Working Paper Series 33, 27 p.

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Abstract

In this study we analyze the convergence of GDP per capita from 2000 to 2013 (current prices and euro exchange rates) for eight countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) of the European Union (CEE8). Some convergence indicators are also calculated for the CEE8 as a whole. The main purpose of this study is to shed some light on the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on regional convergence in advanced emerging countries, like the CEE8. The main result of random effects panel regressions for unconditional beta-convergence is that significant convergence is found for the whole period from 2000-2013, but not for sub-periods on either end of the sample, except for Hungary and Poland. This means that convergence in most CEECs is only significant if the GFC is included in the estimation period. The role of capital regions for the convergence process is an item for future research.

Item Type: IHS Series
Research Units: Current Research Groups > IHS general publications
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2021 09:20
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 11:00
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/5857

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