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An Irish Perspective on the Structural Funds


  • John FitzGerald

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))


The EU structural funds played a minor, though important, role in the rapid convergence of Irish living standards to the EU level in the 1990s. As well as their direct impact, the funds had a beneficial effect on public administration, particularly in encouraging evaluation of results. Part of the reason for the Irish success story was the priority given to investment in human capital and physical infrastructure. For the future the principle of additionality of national expenditure should be reconsidered and some changes in the administration of the transfers could be beneficial.

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  • John FitzGerald, 1998. "An Irish Perspective on the Structural Funds," Papers WP094, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:esr:wpaper:wp094

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    1. Barry, Frank, 2005. "Future Irish Growth: Opportunities, Catalysts, Constraints," Quarterly Economic Commentary: Special Articles, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), vol. 2005(4-Winter), pages 1-25.
    2. John FitzGerald, 2000. "Ireland's Failure-And Belated Convergence," Papers WP133, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
    3. Teague, Paul, 2009. "Committing to Economic Openness and Building Domestic Institutional Capabilities Keywords: Ireland, economic growth, economic development, inward investment, economic systems," WIDER Working Paper Series 024, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    4. John Fitz Gerald, 2006. "Lessons from 20 Years of Cohesion," Chapters,in: Competitiveness and Growth in Europe, chapter 4 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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    7. John FitzGerald, 1999. "Understanding Ireland's Economic Success," Papers WP111, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

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