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Evaluation Of The Structural Funds Absorption Rate By Means Of The Hermin Model


  • Opritescu Elena Madalina

    () (Universitatea din Craiova, Facultatea de Economie si Administarea Afacerilor)


The main objective of this article is to highlight the main method that could quantify the impact of the structural funds on the Gross Domestic Product. I also presented the regional disparities situation and the European funds absorption rate. The HERMIN model has been designed considering the evolution of macro-variables throughout transition and pre-accession process, as well as out of the need to analyze the gradual alignment of Romaniaâ€(tm)s economic policies to those of EU. The fact that, initially, the HERMIN model was designed for the European Unionâ€(tm)s less developed economies represented the cornerstone in choosing it, as it was the case for Romania, too. However, the quantitative evaluation must always be accompanied by a qualitative evaluation, in order to comprise factors which cannot be measured by the econometrical modeling. For this purpose, when the results of econometrical model based evaluation are used, it is important to be aware of the fact that models simplify reality, no matter the impressive mathematical calculations they employ. Also, we must not omit the fact that Romaniaâ€(tm)s major development needs and the current economic context imperatively demand a high as possible level of structural funds absorption, as well as their efficient use, meant to generate a significant impact at a national, regional and local level. One of the main instruments employed to sustain economic growth, while also reducing disparities between regions is represented by the structural funds. These funds, consisting in financial contributions of the member states, according to their level of development, are redistributed in compliance with an extremely complex regulating and procedural frame, to those EU states of regions which are fallen behind from a social and economical development perspective Nevertheless, when absorption capacity of a member state is evaluated, the used percentage from the allocated funds is not the only monitored indicator, but also the effects they have generated in that stateâ€(tm)s economy. This analysis is imperative because at this moment, Romania is facing one of the lowest absorption rate.

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  • Opritescu Elena Madalina, 2012. "Evaluation Of The Structural Funds Absorption Rate By Means Of The Hermin Model," Annals of Faculty of Economics, University of Oradea, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1(1), pages 332-338, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ora:journl:v:1:y:2012:i:1:p:332-338

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    Keywords: Hermin model; Structural Funds; Absorption rate; Regional disparities; Regional development;

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    • O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth
    • M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics


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