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Economic Challenges of Lagging Regions I: Fiscal and Macroeconomic Environment

Adam Brown, Ben Gardiner, Roman Römisch () and Jonathan Stenning

No 421, wiiw Research Reports from The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw

Abstract: The report analyses the fiscal and macroeconomic environment in the lagging regions and the relevant Member States of the EU, as a sound and sustainable macroeconomic framework is a necessary, but by itself not a sufficient precondition for investment and growth in the regions. It starts with identifying relevant indicators to highlight the macroeconomic environment in the lagging regions, assessing the performance of the regions across these indicators, and establishing a framework which sets out the potential causes of these imbalances. This sets the scene for further analysis of the transmission mechanisms which cause the regional discrepancies in these Member States between the lagging and the non-lagging regions, as well as exploring the differences between the low growth and low income lagging regions. The report concludes with a summary of these findings and how they could be used as a basis for policy recommendations which might improve the economic performance of the lagging regions.

Keywords: macroeconomic development; regional economic development; EU; lagging regions; regional policy; economic challenges (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E32 E60 H60 O11 O18 O40 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 75 pages including 10 Tables and 62 Figures
Date: 2017-12
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