Economic Growth and Development of Less Developed Countries within Regional Integrations: The Case of the EU

Proceedings of 8th International Conference «Economic Integration, Competition and Cooperation», 6-9 April, Opatija, University of Rijeka – Faculty of Economics, CD with Full papers

14 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2013 Last revised: 21 May 2013

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Ljubo Jurčić

University of Zagreb - Faculty of Economics & Business

Vlatka Bilas

University of Zagreb - Faculty of Economics & Business

Sanja Franc

University of Zagreb - Faculty of Economics & Business

Date Written: April 6, 2011

Abstract

Most of the less developed countries consider regional integrations as a tool for achieving higher economic growth rates and economic development. Positive dynamic effects are what countries expect to occur in the long run within a regional integration. Since there is a trend of deepening regional integrations mutual policies on the supranational level are implemented. These policies are conducted on the basis of some aggregate measures or variables where the largest weights have more developed and big countries. Because of the existing economic heterogeneity among member countries, it is difficult to accomplish that mutual policies suit each member country in achieving its own goals. The purpose of this paper is to elaborate, on the example of the EU, the usefulness of common policies for the convergence and economic development of the less developed member countries. The main hypothesis of this paper is that there is a need to leaving certain space to these countries and to help them in the creation of special policies which are tailored to their needs in order to promote their economic growth and development and to ensure their convergence towards more developed member countries.

Keywords: regional integration, less developed countries, EU

JEL Classification: F15, F20

Suggested Citation

Jurčić, Ljubo and Bilas, Vlatka and Franc, Sanja, Economic Growth and Development of Less Developed Countries within Regional Integrations: The Case of the EU (April 6, 2011). Proceedings of 8th International Conference «Economic Integration, Competition and Cooperation», 6-9 April, Opatija, University of Rijeka – Faculty of Economics, CD with Full papers, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2232069 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2232069

Ljubo Jurčić (Contact Author)

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Zagreb, City of Zagreb 10000
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Vlatka Bilas

University of Zagreb - Faculty of Economics & Business ( email )

Trg J. F. Kennedyja 6
Zagreb, City of Zagreb 10000
Croatia

Sanja Franc

University of Zagreb - Faculty of Economics & Business ( email )

Trg J. F. Kennedyja 6
Zagreb, City of Zagreb 10000
Croatia

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