Increasing competitiveness in the Western Balkans region - opportunities and limits

Client/Funding Institution

German Federal Ministry of Finance


This study was written in German, original title: 'Steigerung der Wettbewerbsfähigkeit in der Westbalkanregion - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen'. The European Union as well as international and bilateral players increasingly consider higher competitiveness as a key factor for economic development in the Western Balkans region that is to be more and more autonomous and resilient in the long term. Against this background, the project aims to identify the potential for (further) structural reforms and their implementation and efficient realisation, as well as the potential for growth and strategies to exploit it. The project is carried out in cooperation with the Halle Institute for Economic Research.


July 2013 - January 2015

wiiw team Leader

Mario Holzner

wiiw Staff

Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Veronika Janyrova, Michael Landesmann, Hermine Vidovic

Project Partners

IWH (Halle)

Keywords: competitiveness, Western Balkans

Countries covered: Balkan States

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI