Economic challenges of lagging regions

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Regional Policy


The study analysed: (1) the impact of the fiscal and macroeconomic environment on the low-growth and low-income regions; (2) the main needs in terms of structural reforms that may provide the highest returns in terms of growth and jobs in low-growth and low-income regions; (3) the main investment needs in the low-growth and low-income regions, in particular those which can be supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds, and related development opportunities for these regions. wiiw was the coordinator of a consortium with partners Applica and Cambridge Econometrics.


January 2016 - June 2017

wiiw team Leader

Roman Römisch

wiiw Staff

Ronald Hartwig, Stefan Jestl

Project Partners

Applica, Cambridge Econometrics

External Publications

DG REGIO publication

Countries covered: Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain

Research Areas: Regional Development