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Title:Does EU Cohesion Policy Promote Growth? Evidence from Regional Data and Alternative Econometric Approaches PDF Logo
Authors:Mohl, Philipp
Hagen, Tobias
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 08-086
Abstract:This paper analyses the growth e®ects of EU structural funds using a new panel dataset of 124 NUTS-1 / NUTS-2 regions over the time period 1995-2005. We extend the current literature with regard to at least three aspects: First of all, we extend the time period of investigation, using structural funds payments of the last Financial Perspective 2000{2006 that have not been analysed before. Second, we use more precise measures of structural funds by distinguishing between Objective 1, 2 and 3 payments and by investigating the impact of time lags more carefully. Third, we examine the robustness of our results by comparing different econometric approaches highlighting specific methodological problems. Apart from \classical" panel data methods like system GMM, we apply spatial panel econometric techniques. The empirical evidence indicates that the Objective 1 payments in particular have a positive and significant impact on growth, whereas Objective 2 and 3 payments negatively affect the regions' growth rates. Furthermore, our results show that the growth impact occurs with a time lag of approximately two to three years.
Subjects:EU structural funds
economic growth
spatial econometrics
JEL:C21
O47
R11
R12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ZEW Discussion Papers
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