Drivers and Obstacles to Competitiveness in the EU: The Role of Value Chains and the Single Market

Klaus Friesenbichler, Christian Glocker, Werner Hölzl, Serguei Kaniovski, Agnes Kuegler, Andreas Reinstaller, Gerhard Streicher, Robert Stehrer, Roman Stöllinger, Sandra Leitner, Doris Hanzl-WeiB, Oliver Reiter, Amat Adarov, Alexandra Bykova, Iulia Siedschlag, Mattia Di Ubaldo, Zuzanna Studnicka

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWorking Paper/Preprint


This report offers an extensive analysis of the effects of the EU Single Market. It sheds light on four interrelated aspects: It first reveals the asymmetric economic performance across member countries, which also mirrors structural differences. These differences in economic outcomes are next confronted with measures of the Single Market, economic institutions, changes in demand patterns, industrial turbulence and producer price developments. Next, the changes in value chains are tracked over time, and also put into a global perspective. Eventually, firm level evidence complements the findings. The results are highly relevant for economic policies at the member country and the EU level
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages382
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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SeriesSSRN Working Papers


  • Europe
  • EU
  • Single Market
  • integration
  • value chains
  • linkages
  • WIOD
  • tradable
  • nontradable
  • productivity
  • growth

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