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Business regulation and economic growth in the Western Balkan countries

Engjell Pere () and Albana Hashorva ()
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Engjell Pere: Management & Economics Department, European University of Tirana (UET), Albania
Albana Hashorva: Economics Department, University of Tirana (UET), Albania

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2013, vol. 4(1), 5-15

Abstract: Actually economic policies in many countries aimed to stimulate their economic growth, particularly after negative impact of the global economic crisis. In this regards, fiscal regulation are an important aspect of those policies, that can promote or obstacle the economic growth in general. In this point of view this paper aims to analyze the system of administration rules in different Western Balkans Countries, (which includes Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro and Serbia). Moreover, a special attention is given investigation of the regulation and administrative facilitation aspects of doing business in the above-mentioned countries, whether this system stimulates, or not, the development of private business and economic growth. The paper is divided into three main sections. The first part provides a retrospective of economic growth in the Western Balkan countries and the dependence of this growth on global economic development. The second part proceeds with the investigations of the impact of administrative regulation on economic growth. The third part, based on an econometric model, will analyze the correlation between economic growth and elaborated indicators which present the level of business administrative regulation system. Furthermore, this last section discusses the results and concludes. In this analysis, the paper is based substantially on the data base of "Doing Business 2013" (World Bank).

Keywords: economic growth; economic regulation; fiscal system; fiscal policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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