Can EU Accession Reduce Regional Development Disparities in Slovenia?

University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Zootechnical Department, Groblje 3, 1230 Domzale Slovenia


KUHAR, Aleš and Luka JUVANCIC, 2007. Can EU accession reduce regional development disparities in Slovenia? Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 13: 433-447

The paper investigates economic convergence of the Eastern Slovenia region in the changed economic and policy environment after the accession to the EU. The likely impacts of cohesion and agricultural policy in the period of the Community financial perspective 2007-2013 are analysed by the regional Input-Output model estimated with modified GRIT methodology. Results of the impact analysis within the various policy scenarios suggest that: (i) transfers from the cohesion and agricultural policy stimulate economic growth of the region; (ii) budgetary inflows stimulates economic convergence of the region; (iii) dynamic of the regional convergence is significantly dependant from the selected regionalisation at the NUTS 2 level; (iv) model results disconfirm a popular opinion regarding low redistributive effects of the CAP expenditure.

Key words: regional Input-Output model, Slovenia, EU regional and cohesion policy, Common Agricultural Policy

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