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Fertile Soil for Structural Funds? A panel data analysis of the conditional effectiveness of European cohesion policy

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  • S. Ederveen
  • H.L.F. de Groot
  • R. Nahuis

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Structural funds are the most intensively used policy instrument by the European Union to promote economic growth in its member states and to speed up the process of convergence. This paper empirically explores the effectiveness of European Structural Funds by means of a panel data analysis for 13 countries in the European Union. We show that – on average – Structural Funds are ineffective. For countries with high-quality institutions, however, Structural Funds are effective. This result is obtained for several proxies for institutional quality and is robust for different estimation techniques (OLS, period- and country-specific fixed effects and dynamic panel data models).

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  • S. Ederveen & H.L.F. de Groot & R. Nahuis, 2003. "Fertile Soil for Structural Funds? A panel data analysis of the conditional effectiveness of European cohesion policy," Working Papers 03-14, Utrecht School of Economics.
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    Keywords

    European Cohesion Policy; policy effectiveness; economic growth; European Union; Ordered by external client;

    JEL classification:

    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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