Regional Inequalities and Cohesion Policies in the European Union

40 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2006

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Roberto Basile

University of L'Aquila - Faculty of Economics

Sergio de Nardis

Istituto di Studi e Analisi Economica (ISAE)

Alessandro Girardi

National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT)

Date Written: Sptember 2001

Abstract

In spite of the huge amount of public aids to poor regions, relative movements in the distribution of income, labor productivity and employment rates across European regions show no positive relation with the distribution of the Structural Funds. Specifically, widening employment gaps and a growing positive correlation between productivity levels and employment rates are brought to light. Furthermore, although the distribution of Funds committed by the Commission appears conform to equity and cohesion principles, once the total cost of projects - which includes the contribution of national authorities - is considered, the image of equity is blurred. This bias in the allocation process may have contributed to the scarce efficiency of EU regional policy carried out during the nineties.

Keywords: Economic Growth, Regional Labour Markets, Infrastructures, Regional Development Policy

JEL Classification: O18, O40, R23, R53, R58

Suggested Citation

Basile, Roberto and de Nardis, Sergio and Girardi, Alessandro, Regional Inequalities and Cohesion Policies in the European Union (Sptember 2001). ISAE Working Paper No. 23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=936319 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.936319

Roberto Basile (Contact Author)

University of L'Aquila - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Roio Poggio, 67040
Italy

Sergio De Nardis

Istituto di Studi e Analisi Economica (ISAE) ( email )

Piazza dell' Indipendenza 4
I-00185
Italy

Alessandro Girardi

National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) ( email )

Via Cesare Balbo 16
00184 Rome, 0185
Italy

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