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Distributing the European structural and investment funds from a conflicting claims approach

Giménez Gómez, José M. (José Manuel), Josep E. Peris () and Solís Baltodano, María José,

Working Papers from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics

Abstract: In order to support economic development across all EU regions, € 351.8 billion -almost a third of the total EU budget- has been set aside for the Cohesion Policy during the period 2014-2020. The distribution of this budget is made throughout five main structural and investment funds, after long and though negotiations among the EU member states. The current paper analyzes the problem of allocating the limited resources of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as a conflicting claims problem (O'Neill, 1982). Specifically, we show how this approach fits this actual problem, and we propose an alternative way of distributing the budget via (i) claims solutions or (ii) the imposition of bounds (guarantees) to each of the regions. We apply this approach to European Union and Spanish evidences. In both cases we obtain that the constrained equal losses rule reduces inequality and promotes convergence more properly. Keywords: conflicting claims problems; public budget distribution; European Regional Development Fund; EU convergence

Keywords: Fons Europeu de Desenvolupament Regional; Pressupost -- Unió Europea; Països de la; 336 - Finances. Banca. Moneda. Borsa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018
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