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Intra-regional cooperation in the Western Balkans: under which conditions does it foster economic progress?

Grupe, Claudia and Kušić, Siniša (2005) Intra-regional cooperation in the Western Balkans: under which conditions does it foster economic progress? Discussion papers, DP37. Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The main motivation for regional cooperation in the Western Balkans is provided by the EU, formulating it as conditional for the countries’ EU accession aspirations. Economically, this claim includes the establishment of regional free trade agreements (RTAs) whose direct economic effects are twofold and limited: Whereas inflows of FDI are likely to increase due to a bigger market, an increase of interregional trade will be moderate and might even stall microeconomic restructuring. To gain considerable profits from regional economic integration, transnational linkages on a microeconomic level as the emergence of cross-border alliances, joint efforts to conquer West European markets, or cooperation in R&D to enhance innovation are needed. Gains from a RTA thus will be of indirect nature: Long term profits result only from overcoming the aversions against regional partnerships and from the re-emergence of mutual trust.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/Depts/global/
Additional Information: © 2005 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Global Governance
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: DP37
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2009 08:40
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/23373/

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