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Industrial Competitiveness and Restructuring in Enlarged Europe
How Accession Countries Catch Up and Integrate in the European Union
 
 
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17 Oct 2007
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After a decade of preparation, a group of eight transition countries joined the European Union in May 2004. The manufacturing sector in these countries was characterized by old technology, low efficiency, and distorted structures dominated by heavy and extractive industries - thus the impact of accession on individual industries was uncertain and many observers had serious concerns about the ability of the manufacturing sector to survive competition in the enlarged market. This book analyses the factors influencing changes in industrial competitiveness in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in the pre-accession period. It demonstrates how industrial restructuring, government policies, trade specialization, and networking contribute to the catching up process and the integration of accession countries in the EU market. The book uses original datasets and enterprise surveys to provide empirical evidence on how some industries have expanded their share of the EU market and caught up with their competitors from the more advanced older member states. The book ends with a discussion of the policy implications of the process of enlargement for the accession countries, the EU and the older member states.


Description

After a decade of preparation, a group of eight transition countries joined the European Union in May 2004. The manufacturing sector in these countries was characterized by old technology, low efficiency, and distorted structures dominated by heavy and extractive industries - thus the impact of accession on individual industries was uncertain and many observers had serious concerns about the ability of the manufacturing sector to survive competition in the enlarged market. This book analyses the factors influencing changes in industrial competitiveness in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in the pre-accession period. It demonstrates how industrial restructuring, government policies, trade specialization, and networking contribute to the catching up process and the integration of accession countries in the EU market. The book uses original datasets and enterprise surveys to provide empirical evidence on how some industries have expanded their share of the EU market and caught up with their competitors from the more advanced older member states. The book ends with a discussion of the policy implications of the process of enlargement for the accession countries, the EU and the older member states.


Contents

Introduction and Overview; A.Wziatek-Kubiak& I.Hashi
How do the New Member States Cope with Competition in the EU Market?; A.Wziatek-Kubiak& I.Magda
Can Government Policy Influence Industrial Competitiveness: Evidence from Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic; I.Hashi, D.Hajdukovic& E.Luci
Interdependency of Real Exchange Rate, Trade, Innovation, Structural Change and Growth; P.J.J.Welfens
Divergent Growth Rates in CEECs: An Alternative View; M.Brandmeier
Networking and Competitiveness; R.Woodward& P.Wójcik
The Process of Structural Change in Polish Manufacturing in 1995-2003 and its Determinants; K.Marczewski& K.Szczygielski
Structural Change, Productivity and Performance: Evidence from Irish Manufacturing; M.O'Donnell
What Drives Trade Specialization in the New EU Member States?; D.Borbély
Specialization and Integration of Accession Countries into the EU Market: An Alternative View; M.Brandmeier
Policy Implications for New and Old Member States of the EU; J.N.Ferrer& D.Kernohan


Authors

IRAJ HOSHI is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Research on Emerging Economies (CREE) at Staffordshire University Business School, UK. He has been involved in research and consultancy on industrial competitiveness, enterprise restructuring, bankruptcy and reorganisation, privatisation and corporate governance, and SME development and policy in a number of transition countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Poland, Romania and Russia). His previous publications include: Enterprise Exit Processes in Transition Economies (with Leszek Balcerowicz and Cheryl W. Gray); Barriers to Entry and Growth of New Firms in Transition Economies (with Ewa Balcerowicz and Leszek Balcerowicz); and Secondary Privatisation in Transition Economies (with Barbara Blaszczyk and Richard Woodward).

PAUL J. WELFENS is Professor of Economics and Director of the European Institute for International Economic Relations (EIIW) at University of Wuppertal, Germany. He is also Jean Monnet Chair in European Economic Integration at the University of Potsdam, and Fellow of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University. His recent research deals with European Monetary Union, EU regional policies in Germany, innovation and employment, and employment and wage structures. His previous publications include: Banking, International Capital Flows and Growth in Europe; Globalization of the Economy, Unemployment and Innovation; Economic Liberalisation and Integration Policy Options for Eastern Europe and Russia (with H.G. Brandman and T. Pass); Internationalization and Economic Polcy Reforms in Transition Countries (with E. Graham and N. Odin); and Integration in Asia and Europe (with F. Knipping, S. Chirathivat and C. Ryan).

ANNA WZIATEK-KUBIAK is Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland, and Dabrowa Górnicza Business School, Poland. She has been involved in research on industrial competitiveness, enterprise restructuring, innovation and international trade. In addition to chapters in books and journal articles, her previous publications include: Changes in Competitiveness of Polish Manufacturing Industries and Structural Change and Exchange Rate Dynamics in the Context of the EU Enlargement (with Paul J.J. Welfens).