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Regional Incentive Spending for European Regions


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  • Reiner Martin


MARTIN R. (1998) Regional incentive spending for European regions, Reg. Studies 32, 527-536. This paper develops and evaluates two hypotheses concerning the regional distribution of European and national productive sector support between 1989 and 1993. While total EU regional policy expenditures were highest in peripheral areas, EU expenditures in support of the productive sector were much more evenly spread across peripheral and lagging regions of the EU. National regional incentives contributed further to an equalization of support levels across large parts of the Union. European and national productive sector support thus work at cross purposes and are unlikely to contribute to regional convergence. This paper concludes by recommending that state aid rules be tightened and that EU productive sector support be further spatially concentrated in order to promote regional convergence MARTIN R. (1998) L'aide a finalite regionale dans l'Union europeenne, Reg. Studies 32, 527-536. Cet article cherche a developper et a evaluerdeux hypotheses relatives a la distribution regionale de l'aide en faveur des secteurs productifs national et europeen entre 1989 et 1993. Alors que les depenses globales a finalite regionale dans l'Union europe �enne se sont ave �re �es les plus eleve �es aux regions periphe �riques, les depenses dans l'Union europeenne en faveur du secteur productif se sont reparties de fac �on beaucoup plus equitable sur les regions peripheriques et en perte de vitesse. Les incitations nationales a finalite regionale contribuent davantage a l'egalisation des niveaux d'aide a travers de grandes zones de l'Union europeenne. De cette fac �on l'aide en faveur du secteur productif europeen est en desaccord avec l'aide en faveur du secteur productif national, et il est peu probable qu'ils contribuent a la convergence regionale. Pour conclure cet article recommande le durcissement de la reglementation relative aux incitations nationales et la concentration de l'aide en faveur du secteur productif dans l'Union europeenne sur le plan geographique afin de promouvoir la convergence regionale MARTIN R. (1998) Investitionsbeihilfen in Europaischen Regionen, Reg. Studies 32, 527-536. Der vorliegende Aufsatz entwickelt und begutachtet zwei Hypothesen u �ber die regionale Verteilung der staatlichen und europaischen Unterstu �tzung, die dem Produktionssektor im Zeitraum 1989- 1993 zuteil wurde. Wahrend die Gesamtausgaben der EU fur Regionalpolitik in Randgebieten am hochsten waren, erwiesen sich die Ausgaben fur den Produktionssektor als sehr viel gleichma �ssiger auf Rand-und Fo �rdergebiete verteilt. Daruberhinaus trugen nationale Investitionsbeihilfen in grossen Teilen der Union weiter zur Angleichung der Hohe der Unterstutzung bei. Nationale und europaische Fordermassnahmen fur den Produktionssektor wirken in unterschiedliche Richtungen und tragen daher kaum zu regionaler Konvergenz bei. Der Aufsatz schliesst mit der Empfehlung, die Beihilfenkontrolle zu verscha �rfen, und die Unterstutzung der EU fur den Produktionssektor in Hinblick auf die Forderung regionaler Konvergenz ra �umlich starker zu konzentrieren.

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Volume (Year): 32 (1998)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 527-536

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