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The impact of EU structural funds on regional disparities within member states

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  • Andreas P Kyriacou
  • Oriol Roca-Sagalés

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We examine the impact of structural and cohesion funds on regional disparities within EU countries over the period 1995 – 2006. We find that structural funds have reduced regional disparities over this period. Our empirical estimates also suggest that the effect of structural funds on regional disparities is potentially reversed above some level of transfer intensity (approximately 1.6% of country gross domestic product). This has implications for the desirable allocation of the funds across countries especially since, in the current programming period (2007 – 13), all the new member states of the Union except for Cyprus and Malta have a transfer intensity which exceeds this threshold. Keywords: EU structural funds, regional disparties, transfer intensity, panel data

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  • Andreas P Kyriacou & Oriol Roca-Sagalés, 2012. "The impact of EU structural funds on regional disparities within member states," Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 30(2), pages 267-281, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envirc:v:30:y:2012:i:2:p:267-281
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    1. Andreas P. Kyriacou & Leonel Muinelo-Gallo & Oriol Roca-Sagalés, 2018. "The efficiency of transport infrastructure investment and the role of institutions: an empirical analysis," Working Papers. Collection B: Regional and sectoral economics 1802, Universidade de Vigo, GEN - Governance and Economics research Network.
    2. Julia Bachtrögler & Christoph Hammer & Wolf Heinrich Reuter & Florian Schwendinger, 2017. "Spotlight on the beneficiaries of EU regional funds: A new firm-level dataset," Department of Economics Working Papers wuwp246, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Department of Economics.
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    4. Mazzeo Rinaldi, Francesco, 2016. "From local development policies to strategic planning—Assessing continuity in institutional coalitions," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 76-87.
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    6. Andreas P. Kyriacou & Leonel Muinelo-Gallo & Oriol Roca-Sagalés, 2015. "Fiscal decentralization and regional disparities: The importance of good governance," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 94(1), pages 89-107, March.
    7. Roberto Ezcurra & Andr Rodríguez-Pose, 2014. "Government quality and spatial inequality: a cross-country analysis," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 46(7), pages 1732-1753, July.
    8. Masayoshi Hayashi, 2013. "On the Decomposition of Regional Stabilization and Redistribution," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-910, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.

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