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Future perspectives of EU Cohesion Policy

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  • Gerhard Untiedt

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    (GEFRA - Gesellschaft fuer Finanz- und Regionalanalysen)

  • John Bradley

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    (EMDS - Economic Modelling and Development Strategies)

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Unlike the single European market and the single currency, EU cohesion policy – although the subject of major reforms at the end of the 1980s - has never been ex-posed to as rigorous investigation and research about its objectives and impact evaluation as the other two policy initiatives. As a result, the cohesion policy cycle consisting of design, implementation, monitoring and impact evaluation shows weaknesses at all of its stages, but especially at the microeconomic and macroeco-nomic level. In this paper we look at the different issues that influence approaches to EU cohesion policy, critique the way the policy cycle is implemented in practice, and conclude that a more rigorous and systematic approach is necessary and feasi-ble in order to justify the interventions in terms of returns to the investments.

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Paper provided by GEFRA - Gesellschaft fuer Finanz- und Regionalanalysen in its series Working Papers with number 7-2012.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: May 2012
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Handle: RePEc:gef:wpaper:7-2012

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  1. Lucas, Robert Jr., 1988. "On the mechanics of economic development," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 3-42, July.
  2. John Bradley & Timo Mitze & Edgar Morgenroth & Gerhard Untiedt, 2006. "How can we know if EU cohesion policy is successful? Integrating micro and macro approaches to the evaluation of Structural Funds," Working Papers 1-2006, GEFRA - Gesellschaft fuer Finanz- und Regionalanalysen.
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