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A cost-benefit approach to the evaluation of regional selective assistance

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  • Kim Swales

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The ‘Green Book’ and the recent EGRUP report support exchequer cost per job as a key input in the ex-ante appraisal of individual applications for Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) and the ex-post evaluation of the RSA scheme as a whole. In this paper, following a recommendation in the House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee’s report on regional policy, the merits of an alternative, explicitly cost-benefit, framework are outlined. This approach incorporates the administration and compliance costs of the subsidy, costs at present ignored in RSA evaluation studies. An optimal ex-ante appraisal rule is developed. This takes the form of a cost-per-job ceiling, and a representative value is calculated for this figure.

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Volume (Year): 18 (1997)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 73-85

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Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:18:y:1997:i:1:p:73-85

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  1. Ashcroft, Brian & Swales, J. K., 1982. "Estimating the effects of government office dispersal : An application of demand constrained shadow wages," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 12(1), pages 81-97, February.
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  1. Michael Devereux & Rachel Griffith & Helen Simpson, 2004. "Agglomeration, regional grants and firm location," IFS Working Papers W04/06, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  2. Kim Swales, 2008. "The Relative Efficiency of Automatic and Discretionary Industrial Aid," Working Papers 0812, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.
  3. Dimitris Skuras, Nick Tzamarias, 2000. "Job Creation by Assisted Rural Firms: a European North-South Perspective," Local Economy, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 15(3), pages 225-237, September.
  4. Munday, Max & Pickernell, David & Roberts, Annette, 1999. "The Effectiveness of Regional Grant Aid: A Welsh Perspective," ERSA conference papers ersa99pa321, European Regional Science Association.
  5. Devereux, Michael P. & Griffith, Rachel & Simpson, Helen, 2007. "Firm location decisions, regional grants and agglomeration externalities," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 91(3-4), pages 413-435, April.
  6. Gary Gillespie & Peter Mcgregor & J. Kim Swales & Ya Ping Yin, 2001. "The Displacement and Multiplier Effects of Regional Selective Assistance: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(2), pages 125-139.
  7. David Brooksbank & David Pickernell, 2001. "Changing the Name of the Game? RSA, Indigenous and Inward Investors and the National Assembly for Wales," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(3), pages 271-277.
  8. Felsenstein, Daniel & Fleischer, Aliza, 1999. "Capital Assistance and Small Firm Growth: Implications for Regional Economic Welfare," ERSA conference papers ersa99pa395, European Regional Science Association.

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