Competitiveness and Cohesion in the European Union: A Dilemma?

  • Stilianos Alexiadis
  • Christos Ladias
  • Sotirios Milionis
Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)


This paper investigates the extent of regional cohesion in the European Union by taking into account the notion of knowledge-based economy. To pursue this task, we present results produced by estimating different regional models on an extensive regional data set. The empirical results suggest a development gap across the EU-27 regions. Possible ways to overcome this gap and certain areas of intervention are also suggested.


Regional Policy Technology Adoption Regional Convergence European Patent Office Advanced Region 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stilianos Alexiadis
    • 1
  • Christos Ladias
    • 2
  • Sotirios Milionis
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Policy and Documentation, Division of Agricultural StatisticsMinistry of Rural Development and FoodsAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Regional Economic DevelopmentUniversity of Central GreeceLevadiaGreece
  3. 3.Hellenic Tourist Properties SAAthensGreece

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