Going NUTS: The effect of EU structural funds on regional performance

Becker, Sascha O.; Egger, Peter H.; von Ehrlich, Maximilian (2010). Going NUTS: The effect of EU structural funds on regional performance. Journal of public economics, 94(9-10), pp. 578-590. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2010.06.006

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The European Union (EU) provides grants to disadvantaged regions of member states to allow them to catch up with the EU average. Under the Objective 1 scheme, NUTS2 regions with a per capita GDP level below 75% of the EU average qualify for structural funds transfers from the central EU budget. This rule gives rise to a regression-discontinuity design that exploits the discrete jump in the probability of EU transfer receipt at the 75% threshold for identification of causal effects of Objective 1 treatment on outcome such as economic growth of EU regions. We find positive per capita GDP growth effects of Objective 1 transfers, but no employment growth effects.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics > Institute of Economics
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics > Institute of Economics > Public Economics
11 Centers of Competence > Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

UniBE Contributor:

von Ehrlich, Maximilian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0047-2727

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simon Büchler

Date Deposited:

26 Jul 2017 15:17

Last Modified:

13 Sep 2017 06:54

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jpubeco.2010.06.006

Additional Information:

JEL classification: C21; O40; H54; R11

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Structural funds; regional growth; regression-discontinuity design; quasi-randomized experiment

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.95000

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/95000

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