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Aiding Car Producers in the EU: Money in Search of a Strategy

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  • Marcella Nicolini

    () (FEEM (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei) and University of Pavia)

  • Carlo Scarpa

    () (University of Brescia)

  • Paola Valbonesi

    () (University of Padova)

Abstract

We investigate how the general principles of the Treaty have been applied to the car sector in the EU, given the specific soft law provisions which are typical of the sector. A detailed quantitative analysis from 1990 to 2008 highlights a reduction of aid over time. A shift from sectoral to Òregional developmentÓ motives in granting aid to the sector is also observed in the last ten years. However, sector specific aid is now less explicit but it remains important. Large amounts of public money are spent without a consistent strategy, reducing capacity in some cases, expanding it in others. The scarcity of public funds calls for a more focussed European policy for this industry.

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  • Marcella Nicolini & Carlo Scarpa & Paola Valbonesi, 2012. "Aiding Car Producers in the EU: Money in Search of a Strategy," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0115, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
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    1. Grigolon, Laura & Leheyda, Nina & Verboven, Frank, 2012. "Public support for the European car industry: An integrated analysis," ZEW Discussion Papers 12-077, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    2. Hussein Kassim & Bruce Lyons, 2013. "The New Political Economy of EU State Aid Policy," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 1-21, March.
    3. Hagen Streb, 2013. "State Aid Policy, Territoriality and Federalism: EU Scrutiny and Control of Regional Aid and the Supranationalisation of Subnational Autonomy in Federal Member States," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 129-141, March.
    4. Michael Blauberger & Rike Krämer, 2013. "European Competition vs. Global Competitiveness Transferring EU Rules on State Aid and Public Procurement Beyond Europe," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 171-186, March.
    5. Laura Grigolon & Nina Leheyda & Frank Verboven, 2015. "Public Support to the European Car Industry: The Impact of the Financial Crisis," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 15(3), pages 283-321, September.
    6. Ben Clift, 2013. "Economic Patriotism, the Clash of Capitalisms, and State Aid in the European Union," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 101-117, March.

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    Keywords

    Automotive industry; State Aid to Business; EU Competition Policy;

    JEL classification:

    • L62 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Automobiles; Other Transportation Equipment; Related Parts and Equipment
    • L52 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Industrial Policy; Sectoral Planning Methods
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General

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