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Do interregional transfers improve the economic performance of poor regions? The case of Spain
Garcia-Milà, Teresa; McGuire, Therese J.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
The 17 regional governments of Spain receive grants from both thecentral government and the European Union. The grants are generallyredistributive and are intended to stimulate economic activity inthe poorer regions. We evaluate the effectiveness of the grants bycomparing the economic performance of the regions before and afterthe implementation of the grant programs using a differences--in--differences approach. We find that these policies have not beeneffective at stimulating private investment or improving the overalleconomies of the poorer regions.
15-09-2005
Macroeconomics and International Economics
regional grants and economic development
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