Growth-Innovation-Competitiveness: fostering cohesion in Central and East Europe (GRINCOH)

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, 7th Framework Programme


GRINCOH addressed two issues affecting Central and Eastern European economies: the disjuncture between fast productivity growth and poor performance in developing innovative capacities for longer-term sustainable growth, and the pronounced economic, social and environmental territorial disparities resulting from accelerated growth. The project objectives were (1) to establish development scenarios for the CEECs for the period up to 2020; (2) to identify the implications for sustainable growth – based on innovation and the development of technological capabilities – and greater economic, social and territorial cohesion in the CEECs; and (3) to advise on future policy options for the CEECs, and in particular for EU Cohesion policy. Carried out by 12 highly qualified European research institutes, the envisaged research explored whether and how CEE development strategies can shift towards an 'innovation-driven process of development', vital for sustainable growth (and cohesion) in the current global and European context. The project covered in depth the international context, innovation and entrepreneurship, skills and labour market inclusion, social policy tasks, territorial cohesion, institutional changes, and the shape of a consistent cohesion policy framework at regional, national and EU levels. The project also used a comprehensive macro-regional model (MASST) to develop scenarios up to the year 2020. wiiw was leader of work package 1 'Economic development patterns and structural change in the process of transition and EU membership'.


April 2012 - March 2015


wiiw team Leader

Michael Landesmann

wiiw Staff

Neil Foster-McGregor, Vladimir Gligorov, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Peter Havlik, Gabor Hunya, Sebastian Leitner, Leon Podkaminer, Sandor Richter, Roman Römisch, Monika Schwarzhappel, Robert Stehrer, Hermine Vidovic, Ronald Hartwig, Isilda Mara, Beate Muck

Project Partners

Centre for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG, Coordinator), Academia de Studii Economice Bucuresti (ASE), Building Environment, Science and Technology (BEST), European Policies Research Centre (EPRC), Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS), Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (IEHAS), Institute for Economic Research (IER), Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), University College London (UCL), Karelian Institute – University of Eastern Finland (UEF), The Centre for Research in Economic Policy, University of Pécs (UP)

Keywords: income distribution;labour market, competitiveness, european integration, industrial organisation, regional development

Countries covered: SEE

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI, Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy, Regional Development, Labour, Migration and Income Distribution, Sectoral studies