From the perspective of the Editor, I see this book as a product of several distinct themes which have motivated and influenced the contributing authors, the outcome being some interesting and useful additions to our understanding of European regional growth. The first theme is the ongoing economic integration of the European continent, which was initially conceived in 1950 as the European coal and steel community under the guiding influence of Jean Monet and which today manifests itself most completely in the form of the Euro-zone and by the progression of the ‘candidate’ countries towards full membership of the EU. The movement towards European cooperation and integration over the past half-Century has attracted the interest of academics, from diverse disciplines, who have been eager to analyze the assorted causes and consequences of this economic and social phenomenon on a truly continental scale. The contributions in this volume represent some of the latest, but certainly not the last, words on this important topic.
KeywordsEuropean Union Real Exchange Rate Monetary Union European Union Region Spatial Econometric
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