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Are we spending too much to grow? The case of Structural Funds

Augusto Cerqua () and Guido Pellegrini ()

Journal of Regional Science, 2018, vol. 58, issue 3, 535-563

Abstract: We evaluate whether the impact of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds (EUF) on Member States’ regional economic growth depends on the intensity of treatment, measured by the normalized amount of funds distributed in each region. We use an original data set that covers all the main sources of EUF and extend the regression discontinuity design to the case of continuous treatment. The results suggest an average positive effect on regional growth. The estimated conditional intensity‐growth function is concave and presents a maximum value. Therefore, the exceeding funds could have been allocated to other lagging regions without reducing the effect on growth.

Date: 2018
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