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How expensive is the implementation of rural development programmes? Empirical results of implementation costs and their consideration in cost-effectiveness analyses


  • Fahrmann, Barbara
  • Grajewski, Regina


The present paper refers to the results from the evaluation of rural development programmes (RDPs) of five German states. It is focussed on two issues. The first is to develop a methodological approach for determining the implementation costs (ICs). The second is the discussion of their relevance in the context of the implementation of rural development policies presenting selected empirical results. The cost-impact synopsis (CIS) is a wider approach to relate the measure-specific implementation costs and disbursed funds, based on implementation cost classes, with achieved impact levels. The principles guiding the discussion are two theses: (1) High implementation costs increase the overall cost of the programme and thus reduce funding efficiency, (2) High implementation costs increase the use efficiency of the programmes because they are associated with more targeted, more effective measures. Sample analytical results for different study levels show that the empirical results lie somewhere between these two extremes.

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  • Fahrmann, Barbara & Grajewski, Regina, 2011. "How expensive is the implementation of rural development programmes? Empirical results of implementation costs and their consideration in cost-effectiveness analyses," 122nd Seminar, February 17-18, 2011, Ancona, Italy 99588, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa122:99588

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    Implementation costs; Rural Development Programmes; Evaluation; Agricultural and Food Policy; H83; Q18;

    JEL classification:

    • H83 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Public Administration
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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