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


  • Angel de la Fuente


This paper uses a simple supply-side model estimated with a panel of regional data to quantify the growth and employment effects of the 1994-99 Community Support Framework (CSF) for the Objective 1 Spanish regions and to construct measures of the effectiveness of various types of CSF- financed expenditure. 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. Under plausible assumptions about the response of private investment, returns on direct public investment are significantly higher than those on subsidies to the private sector.

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  • Angel de la Fuente, "undated". "The effect of Structural Fund spending on the Spanish regions: an assessment of the 1994-99 Objective 1 CSF," Working Papers 2003-11, FEDEA.
  • Handle: RePEc:fda:fdaddt:2003-11

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    1. 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).
    2. Angel De la Fuente, 2010. "Infrastructures and productivity: an updated survey," Working Papers 1018, BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department.
    3. 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.
    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. 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.
    6. Simón Sosvilla-Rivero, "undated". "Structural Funds and Spain’s Objective 1 Regions: An Analysis Based on the Hermin Model," Working Papers 2005-24, FEDEA.

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    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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