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One or many Cohesion Policies of the European Union? On the differential economic impacts of Cohesion Policy across member states

Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua

Regional Studies, 2020, vol. 54, issue 1, 10-20

Abstract: To what extent do regions in different member states of the European Union benefit from Cohesion Policy? A spatial regression discontinuity design approach offers distinct but fully comparable estimates of regional impacts for each individual member state. Cohesion Policy has a positive European Union-wide impact on regional growth and employment. However, a large part of the growth bonus is concentrated in Germany, while impacts on employment are confined to the UK. The picture in Southern Europe is less rosy. In Italy, positive impacts on employment do not survive the Great Recession, while in Spain economic growth benefits are limited to the recovery period.

Date: 2020
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