The Socio-Economic Culture of Eastern Europe in the Enlarged Union: an Asset or a Liability? (ACCESS)

January, 2003 to December, 2003
Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Austrian National Bank

The ACCESS project focused on current encounters between the "East" and the "West" in the European economy to predict the chances for convergence between the twin economic cultures. Instead of relying on a simplistic scheme, in which the "strong Western" culture devours the "weak Eastern" one, we found a great variety of lasting cultural hybrids in economic and social behavior.