Analysis of the main factors of regional growth: an in-depth study of the best and worst performing European regions

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Regional Policy


The aim of the study was to deepen our understanding of economic development in the regions of the EU27. Special emphasis was given on the one hand to NUTS2 regions that performed relatively well (i.e. well above EU average or as compared to their national average) and, on the other hand, to NUTS2 regions that performed relatively poorly (i.e. well below EU average or as compared to their national average). Underlying factors of the different performance had to be identified and analysed. Broad policy conclusions have been drawn. wiiw was partner in a consortium with Applica and Cambridge Econometrics.


January 2008 - June 2012

wiiw team Leader

Roman Römisch

wiiw Staff

Gabor Hunya, Leon Podkaminer, Sandor Richter, Ronald Hartwig

Project Partners

Applica, Cambridge Econometrics

Keywords: economic policy, european integration, regional development

Countries covered: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, EU-27, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

Research Areas: Regional Development, Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy