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Is the European integration speeding up the economic convergence process of the Central and South-Eastern European countries? A shock perspective

Igor Velickovski and Aleksandar Stojkov ()

Empirica, 2014, vol. 41, issue 2, 287-321

Abstract: In the current context of continuous reassessment of the sustainability of the single currency and gradual enlargement of the euro area during the last decade, the objective of this research is to obtain new insights into the factors that determine the synchronisation of shocks in the Central and South-Eastern European countries vis-à-vis the euro area. The research contributes to the previous work by making a novel use of error correction model in a dynamic panel context which is extended by adding several important omitted variables related to the trade structure and policy coordination. We find that an increase in trade intensity, intra-industry trade and financial integration leads to less frequent asymmetric shocks. On the other hand, divergent fiscal policies are estimated in some model specifications to increase the shock divergence process, although the estimated impact is rather small to counteract the positive effects associated with trade and financial integration. The identified relationships in this research are affected by the significant trade and growth slowdown in the crisis period; while the global economic turmoil has boosted a demand shock convergence, its impact on the supply shocks is in the opposite (diverging) direction. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Keywords: Shock synchronisation; Trade; Structural VAR; Dynamic panel models; E32; F10; C32; C33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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