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Fertile Soil for Structural Funds?

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  • Sjef Ederveen

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Henri L.F. de Groot

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    (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Richard Nahuis

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

Abstract

Structural funds are the most intensively used policy instrument by the EuropeanUnion to promote economic growth in its member states and to speed up the process ofconvergence. This paper empirically explores the effectiveness of European Structural Fundsby means of a panel data analysis for 13 countries in the European Union. We show that – onaverage – Structural Funds are ineffective. For countries with the ‘right’ institutions,however, Structural Funds are effective. The latter result is obtained for a wide range ofconditioning variables, such as openness, institutional quality, corruption and indicatorsfor good governance.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 02-096/3.

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Keywords: European Cohesion Policy; policy effectiveness; economic growth; European Union.;

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