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Identifying the Effects of Place-based Policies – Causal Evidence from Germany

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  • Dettmann, Eva
  • Brachert, Matthias
  • Titze, Mirko

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The German government provides discretionary investment grants to structurally weak regions to reduce regional disparities. We use a regression discontinuity design that exploits an exogenous discrete jump in the probability of receiving investment grants to identify the causal effects of the investment grant on regional outcomes. We find positive effects for regional gross value-added and productivity growth, but no effects for employment and gross wage growth.

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  • Dettmann, Eva & Brachert, Matthias & Titze, Mirko, 2016. "Identifying the Effects of Place-based Policies – Causal Evidence from Germany," IWH Discussion Papers 18/2016, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:iwhdps:iwh-18-16
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    Keywords

    evaluation; industrial policy; regression discontinuity design;

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    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General

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