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GTAP Resource #1378

"EU accession and the catching up of the CEEC countries"
by Lejour, Arjan and Richard Nahuis

This paper explores the consequences of the enlargement of the European Union (EU) with the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs). We examine the consequences of the CEECs entitlement for Structural Funds support and the impact of economic integration as such. We are interested in the question whether EU accession helps these countries to catch up to EU income levels. On average income per capita in purchasing power terms is hardly a third of that in the EU. In the 1990s this gap has not been reduced. The question is whether the accession to the EU could be a help in closing this gap.
Combining the effects of the customs union, internal market, migration, and that of the Structural Funds Program consumption could increase by about 15% in the CEEC (nearly 13% of the first three elements and a higher growth rate for about 20 years due to the transfers). In terms of consumption per capita compared the EU15, the increase is about 5% points. This is a substantial increase, but a long way from equal consumption levels.

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Category: GTAP Application
Status: Published
By/In: Deardorff, A. (Editor) The Past, Present, and Future of the European Union, Conference proceedings of International Economic Association
Date: 2004
Created: Lejour, A. (10/22/2003)
Updated: Dimaranan, B. (10/27/2003)
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- Economic growth
- Dynamic modeling
- European Union
- Europe (Western)

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