# 14-041/VII (2014-03-28)

Author(s)
Teodora Dogaru, A Coruna University, Spain; Martijn Burger, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Bas Karreman, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Frank van Oort, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Keywords:
regional disparities, Central and Eastern Europe, greenfield FDI
JEL codes:
F23, R12, R58

This discussion paper led to a publication in the Tijdschrfit voor Economische en Sociale Geografie.

In this paper, we analyse the sectoral and functional division of labour in Central and Eastern European (CEE) regions within the convergence debate. By analysing the investment decisions of multinational corporations in 49 NUTS-2 regions across 6 European CEE countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria), we show that capital city regions not only receive more greenfield FDI but also attract a larger variety of investments in terms of sectors and functions. Capital cities are more likely to host higher-end sectors and functions, which provides an explanation for the existing regional disparities within CEE countries. These results highlight the importance of functional and sectoral divisions of labour in the view of regional profiling and contribute to the recent EU Cohesion Policy debate.