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Regional Development in Central and Eastern Europe
Regional Development in Central and Eastern Europe

Author(s): Piotr Wójcik, Maciej Smętkowski
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: EUROREG - Uniwersytet Warszawski, Regional Studies Association - Sekcja Polska
Keywords: regional development; development factors; Central and Eastern Europe

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to outline growth tendencies and growth factors in the subregions (NUTS 3) of Central and Eastern Europe in the period 1998–2006. A wide range of complementary research methods has been used in order to triangulate results, starting with classical beta and sigma convergence analysis, to kernel density estimation, transition matrices, spatial autocorrelation and multi-dimensional comparisons. Some rarely discussed aspects of the influence of capital regions on growth processes have been taken into account. An additional analysis of the data in relation to country averages produced results independent of the country context. As a result, we have been able to answer the following questions: do the analysed countries experience regional convergence or rather divergence/polarisation processes? What factors determine the dynamics of regional growth? What are the main dimensions of spatial disparities in Central and Eastern Europe?

  • Issue Year: 11/2010
  • Issue No: Spec.Iss
  • Page Range: 77-105
  • Page Count: 29
  • Language: English