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Development and application of advanced quantitative methods to ex-ante and ex-post evaluations of rural development programmes in the EU

Development and application of advanced quantitative methods to ex-ante and ex-post evaluations of rural development programmes in the EU

Objective

The proposed research aims at: i) developing quantitative techniques that enable a non-biased ex-post evaluation of the impact of EU RD programmes, i.e. disentangling the programme effect from other exogenous factors; calculating programmes substitution, replacement, deadweight loss and other indirect effects; ii) deriving an aggregated indicator of regional development, the Rural Development Index (RDI), to be used for ex-ante and ex-post evaluations of RD programmes in rural areas; iii) developing quantitative techniques that enable a more precise ex-ante evaluations of RD programmes by taking into consideration the impact of tangible and intangible factors; iv) comparing evaluation results of quantitative advanced methods with those of qualitative methodologies; v) providing policy recommendations for an improved evaluation of RD programs in the EU. Applied methodology includes: (1) Development and estimation of the RDI allowing assessment of an overall impact of RD programmes. (2) Derivation of ex-post evaluation tools that combine innovative econometric methods, i.e. propensity score matching, double difference methodology and RDIs. (3) Quantitative network analyses to identify characteristic network structure enhancing or impeding the effectiveness of RD-programmes. (4) Derivation of innovative tools for ex ante evaluation of RD programmes by using an agent-based model that incorporates the embeddedness of political and economic action in social networks to economic analysis. (5) Comparison, assessment and statistical validation of innovative methodological tools. Derived set of innovative tools will be calibrated and applied by using available data and indicators in selected NUTS 3-5 regions in Slovakia and Poland. A successful completion of the proposed research will improve learning about the economic and social consequences of RD programs and reinforce the quality of monitoring and evaluation systems and strengthen the policy design process.

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Coordinator

CHRISTIAN ALBRECHTS UNIVERSITY OF KIEL

Address

Olshausenstr. 40
Kiel

Germany

Administrative Contact

Christian HENNING (Professor)

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RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET BONN

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITÄT MANNHEIM

Germany

INSTITUTE OF RURAL AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Poland

INSTITUT EKONOMIKI ROLINCTWA I GOSPODARKI ZYWNOSCIOWEJ

Poland

RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD ECONOMICS

Slovakia

EUROPROJECTS-LBV GMBH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 22708

  • Start date

    1 March 2006

  • End date

    31 October 2009

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 518 593

  • EU contribution

    € 1 442 560

Coordinated by:

CHRISTIAN ALBRECHTS UNIVERSITY OF KIEL

Germany