The Hungarian Automotive Sector: A Comparative CEE Perspective with Special Emphasis on Structural Change

  • Andrea Szalavetz


Based on the example of the automotive sector, the paper investigates some quantity and quality aspects of FDI-driven upgrading and analyzes in a comparative perspective—with the help of industry level data—selected aspects of competitiveness in Central and Eastern Europe. We conclude that in spite of several subsequent foreign direct investment deals, which have produced nonnegligible expansion and structural upgrading, and irrespective of the fact that local actors have all stepped on the path of slow quality upgrading, CEE automotive actors have been stuck in cost-based competition (the Czech Republic is a partial exception in this respect).


Automotive Industry Advanced Economy Original Equipment Manufacturer Automotive Sector Human Capital Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for World EconomicsBudapestHungary

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