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TRENDS IN FDI AMONG THE NEW EU MEMBER STATES

Vasile Alecsandru Strat ()
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Vasile Alecsandru Strat: Bucharest Unniversity of Economic Studies, Romania

Romanian Journal of Regional Science, 2015, vol. 9, issue 1, 79-93

Abstract: Foreign direct investments (FDI) are considered by policy makers from the ex-communist countries as essential tools that can be used to improve the economic performance of their economies. On the other hand, foreign investors have started to regard these countries with an increasing interest after the fall of communism and their interest increased after these countries made important steps towards the EU and NATO. Noteworthy is the fact that the attractiveness of these economies was significantly different at the beginning of the ‘90s and since then had significantly different growth rhythms. The main goal of this paper is to study the evolution of the disparities among these new EU members using time series of Gini coefficients and the structure of the entire stock. The disparities have decreased continuously and Poland and Estonia are leading the hierarchy in 2013 using the FDI/capita as an indicator.

Keywords: Foreign direct investments; European Union; regional disparities; Gini coefficient (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A10 F62 F63 F21 O11 R11 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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