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Competitiveness of Visegrad countries

Competitiveness of Visegrad countries Purpose This paper aims to examine issues surrounding the competitiveness of the Visegrad countries that have recently joined the European Union, and in particular, to analyse a set of structural indicators that help assess the degree to which they are meeting the terms of the Lisbon agreement.Designmethodologyapproach The approach taken is to examine and analyse published economic and associated performance data.Findings The Visegrad countries lag behind in many of the structural indicators and thus have progress to make in raising their competitiveness to general European levels. There are also some surprising areas where these counties are in advance of general European levels such as in technical education.Practical implications The paper suggests areas where governments might intervene to improve longerterm competitiveness.Originalityvalue The paper performs a useful analysis of available data to highlight key policy areas and issues. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1741-0401
DOI
10.1108/17410400810893419
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Abstract

Purpose This paper aims to examine issues surrounding the competitiveness of the Visegrad countries that have recently joined the European Union, and in particular, to analyse a set of structural indicators that help assess the degree to which they are meeting the terms of the Lisbon agreement.Designmethodologyapproach The approach taken is to examine and analyse published economic and associated performance data.Findings The Visegrad countries lag behind in many of the structural indicators and thus have progress to make in raising their competitiveness to general European levels. There are also some surprising areas where these counties are in advance of general European levels such as in technical education.Practical implications The paper suggests areas where governments might intervene to improve longerterm competitiveness.Originalityvalue The paper performs a useful analysis of available data to highlight key policy areas and issues.

Journal

International Journal of Productivity and Performance ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 25, 2008

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