SCIENTIFIC PAPER IN A JOURNAL “OUTLOOK ON AGRICULTURE”
Matkovski B., Kalaš B., Zekić S., Jeremić M. (2019). Agri-food Competitiveness in South East Europe. Outlook on Agriculture. 48(4), 326-335. DOI:10.1177/0030727019854770
The purpose of this article is to determine the level of competitiveness of agri-food products in South East European (SEE)countries within the processes of European Union (EU) and regional integration as well as to find the factors thatdetermine agri-food competitiveness. This article uses the revealed comparative advantages (RCAs) index to find the levelof comparative advantage of agri-food products. Additionally, a model for identifying the determinants of the SEE agri-foodcomparative advantage was constructed and estimated. The results show that all SEE countries (except for Albania) havecomparative advantages in the agri-food sector as part of the global market. Also, the estimation of the model shows thatpartial productivities in agriculture have a positive impact on comparative advantage while gross domestic product (GDP)per capita has a negative impact. This article makes a useful review of competitiveness of agri-food sector in SEE countriesand determines which factors are significant for an RCA index. This is essential for policymakers to identify whatdeterminants improve or degrade competitiveness of the agri-food sector in SEE countries.