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The Convergence Process and the Effects of the Economic Crisis in Central-Eastern Europe

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Author(s): DÓRA SZENDI

Journal: Romanian Review of Regional Studies
ISSN 1841-1576

Volume: IX;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 79;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Convergence club | Economic crisis | Central-Eastern Europe | Williamson hypothesis

ABSTRACT
The economic convergence and the effects of the economic crisis is a very popular research question. In this paper I propose to examine the convergence process in Central and Eastern Europe by testing the Williamson hypothesis form a multiscalar perspective: at national and at different regional levels as well. By using time series for the GDP per capita, I will try to answer three basic issues: firstly, the trends in convergence/divergence in Central and Eastern Europe, secondly, which convergence clubs have evolved in the analysed space, and, finally, the effects of the financial and economic crisis on the convergence process.
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