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Econometric Models for Analysing the Structural Funds Absorption at Regional Level - Case Study SW Region



    (University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Craiova, Romania)

  • Paul RINDERU

    (University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Craiova, Romania)


The main purpose of the current paper is to approach one of the most interesting topics in nowadays Romanian society, namely how the funds provided by the structural instruments are absorbed and to analyse this process. After a short introduction presenting basic information about the European Union cohesion policy, the paper presents the seven operational programmes via which the structural instruments are adapted to our national particularities and which have been negotiated with the European Commission/Union before 2007. From methodological point of view, the core of the paper is represented by the conceptual model which has been developed and which is based on the idea of increasing the range of time observations by using data characterizing the pre-accession programmes and by realizing a logical connection between these financing frameworks. For each operational programme an econometric model GARCH like has been developed and applied for realising this analysis at the level of NUTS2 development region South-West. The conclusions section emphasize the beneficial role of such models especially for assessing the current status of absorbing the structural funds and for improving further financing exercises, makes some technical considerations on the econometric models themselves and relates how the identified weaknesses at regional level could be addressed by accessing different operational programmes.

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  • Oana GHERGHINESCU & Paul RINDERU, 2011. "Econometric Models for Analysing the Structural Funds Absorption at Regional Level - Case Study SW Region," Timisoara Journal of Economics, West University of Timisoara, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 4(3(15)), pages 161-174.
  • Handle: RePEc:wun:journl:tje:v04:y2011:i3(15):a05

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    1. Brancu Laura & Munteanu Valentin & Gligor Delia, 2013. "CRITICAL FACTORS IN HRD PROJECTSâ€(tm) IMPLEMENTATION: EVIDENCE FROM PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN ROMANIA," Annals of Faculty of Economics, University of Oradea, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1(1), pages 215-224, July.

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    econometric model; GARCH; NUTS2; regional development;

    JEL classification:

    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation


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