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Interactive programming of rural development funds – lessons from the field

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  • Schmid, Julia Christiane
  • Hager, Astrid
  • Kirschke, Dieter

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Within this paper, we present an interactive modelling approach to support budgeting decisions at the program level and discuss its potential and limitations to contribute to more objective-oriented policy-making. The central feature of the approach is a linear optimisation model which is interactively defined and used together with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. We show how the current EAFRD framework can be translated into a model, and how this provides positive learning effects and increases in-house communication and transparency. From a conceptual point of view, the case study underlines the necessity to provide a simple and applicable methodology causing certain compromises with regard to theoretical soundness.

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  • Schmid, Julia Christiane & Hager, Astrid & Kirschke, Dieter, 2010. "Interactive programming of rural development funds – lessons from the field," 118th Seminar, August 25-27, 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia 94892, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    1. Anne Margarian & David Blandford & Berkeley Hill, 2010. "A Theoretical Foundation of Rural Development Interventions and Evaluations is Needed," EuroChoices, The Agricultural Economics Society, vol. 9(2), pages 35-39, August.
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    3. Jim Kinsella & Stephan J. Goetz & Mark D. Partridge & Steven C. Deller & David Fleming, 2010. "Evaluating RD Policies for Social and Human Capital Development," EuroChoices, The Agricultural Economics Society, vol. 9(1), pages 42-47, April.
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    Keywords

    rural development policy-making; interactive programming; budgeting; decision aid; Community/Rural/Urban Development; Q18; H72; R51;

    JEL classification:

    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • H72 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Budget and Expenditures
    • R51 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies

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