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The effect of Structural Fund spending on the Spanish regions: an assessment of the 1994-99 Objective 1 CSF

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This paper analyzes the growth and employment effects of the 1994-99 Community Support Framework (CSF) for the Objective 1 Spanish regions using a simple supply-side model estimated with a panel of regional data. The results suggest that the impact of the Structural Funds in Spain has been quite sizable, adding around a percentage point to annual output growth in the average Objective 1 region and 0.4 points to employment growth. Over the period 1994-2000, the Framework has resulted in the creation of over 300,000 new jobs and has eliminated 20% of the initial gap in income per capita between the assisted regions and the rest of the country.

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  • Angel de la Fuente, 2002. "The effect of Structural Fund spending on the Spanish regions: an assessment of the 1994-99 Objective 1 CSF," UFAE and IAE Working Papers 538.02, Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC).
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    1. José Ramón Cancelo & J. Andrés Faíña & Jesús López-Rodríguez, 2009. "Measuring the Permanent Impact of European Structural Funds on Peripheral Objective 1 Regions: The Case of Galicia," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(10), pages 1535-1558, July.
    2. Angel de la Fuente, 2009. "Testing, not modelling, the impact of Cohesion support: a theoretical framework and some preliminary results for the Spanish regions," Working Papers 419, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
    3. Simón Sosvilla-Rivero, "undated". "Structural Funds and Spain’s Objective 1 Regions: An Analysis Based on the Hermin Model," Working Papers 2005-24, FEDEA.
    4. Sergio Destefanis & Vania Sena, 2003. "Public Capital and Total Factor Productivity. New Evidence from the Italian Regions," CELPE Discussion Papers 73, CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno, Italy.
    5. Juan González Alegre, 2010. "Fiscal decentralization and intergovernmental grants: the European regional policy and Spanish autonomous regions," Working Papers 2010/6, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
    6. Angel de la Fuente, 2010. "Infrastructures and Productivity: an Updated Survey," Working Papers 475, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
    7. Rolf Bergs, 2011. "Planning across Borders in Europe: The Need for an Economic Point of View," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(1), pages 141-145.
    8. Melanie K. Jones & Louise Skilton, 2014. "An Analysis of Labour Market Outcomes in the European Union Objective One Funding Area in Great Britain," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(7), pages 1194-1211, July.
    9. Rosella Nicolini, 2008. "Agglomeration and inequality across space: What can we learn from the European experience?," Working Papers wpdea0809, Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona.

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    Keywords

    structural funds; regional policy; infrastructures;

    JEL classification:

    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy

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