EU (European Union) accession of central and eastern Europe : bridging the income gap
Joining the European Union (EU) is perhaps the key political and economic objective of Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries as they approach the 21st century. But how successful the CEE countries are in achieving this goal depends not only on how well and quickly they adapt their legal and regulatory systems to EU requirements but on how well and quickly the bridge they wide income gaps between CEE and EU countries. Using a model and cross-sectional data to develop estimates, the authors investigate how appropriate structural policies adopted before and after accession to the EU can help CEE countries bridge this income gap. They have much to gain from implementing policies that increase investment, support the development of human capital, and promote the legal, regulatory, and policy framework needed for market mechanisms to function, the faster they implement such changes, the faster they will bridge the income gap between them and the EU countries - and the more likely their accession to the EU will be successful.
Economic Theory&Research,Decentralization,Environmental Economics&Policies,Fiscal&Monetary Policy,Capital Markets and Capital Flows,Economic Theory&Research,Achieving Shared Growth,Economic Growth,Inequality,Governance Indicators
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