The Annals of Regional Science

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 641–660 | Cite as

Regional differences in price levels across the European Union and their implications for its regional policy

  • Petr JanskýEmail author
  • Dominika Kolcunová
Original Paper


Although regional price levels should be accounted for in any analysis of well-being in regions, the European Union fails to reflect them because they are not currently available for most EU member states. To fill this gap, we estimate regional price levels for all EU regions on the basis of available regional price level data from six EU countries. Once socio-economic indicators are recalculated using our estimates, substantially higher differences in living standards emerge. These results also have important implications for the European cohesion policy, with 9% of regions currently misclassified as a consequence of regional price levels not being used.

JEL Classification

R10 R58 E31 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social SciencesCharles University in PraguePragueCzech Republic

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