The European Journal of Comparative Economics
ISSN: 1824-2979
Year: 2007, September. Volume: 4 - Issue: 2

The Impact of Structural Funds Policy on European Regions' Growth : A Theoretical and Empirical Approach

Mari Carmen Puigcerver-Penalver

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Start page: 179 - End page: 208

Growth; Convergence; Catch-up; Structural Funds
In this paper, I try to estimate the impact of Structural Funds on the growth rates of Objective 1 European regions during the two first programming periods (1989-2000). I develop a "hybrid" model of economic growth that partially endogenizes the rate of technical progress and I test its main implications following a panel data approach. The results suggest that Structural Funds have positively influenced the growth process of Objective 1 regions, although their impact has been stronger during the first programming period than the second. The same quantitative difference between the two programming periods appears in the estimated rates of beta-convergence and the catching-up effect.

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