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Indicators for evaluating international performance in service sectors

Objective

The objective of the INDICSER project is to develop indicators which provide information on the performance of service sectors in the EU. At the heart of the project are concerns that such indicators should be valid in terms of concepts, measurement methods and feasibility but should also have value in terms of their usefulness for policy. Therefore the approach adopted is to include both an EU-wide application of existing concepts and develop and experiment with new concepts. This will be carried out within an overall coherent structural framework designed to address the key issues of productivity and value for money. The indicators are divided into two broad areas, market services, whose performance are crucial for raising growth in the EU relative to its competitors, and non-market services, mostly government run, where it is important that tax-payers can assess how far public spending is effective, as well as their contribution to the economy. For market services the project will construct indicators that describe trends in growth and productivity in service sectors and indicators that are useful in analysing determinants of growth, such as innovation, ICT, intangible capital, competitive environment and foreign presence. In view of the global financial crisis, financial services will be covered in greater detail with new output measures developed and applied to a large set of EU countries. For non-market services much of the analysis will focus on indicators for health and education where significant new research is required on both the conceptual framework and practical implementation. Finally the project will also develop experimental indicators which might be useful in the future, covering insurance, collective services, distributive trades and research sector output. The result will be a comprehensive summary on indicators that might be measured, the feasibility of estimation given current data constraints and recommendations that will inform the using communities.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2009-A
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 633 782
Administrative Contact
Robert Fekete (Mr.)

Participants (7)

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 453 000
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teun Van Duinen (Mr.)
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 347 647
Address
Dean Trench Street 2
SW1P 3HE London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gillian Clisham (Ms.)
ZEW - LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUR EUROPAISCHE WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG GMBH MANNHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 211 500
Address
L 71, 1
68161 Mannheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bettina Von Hagens
CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 158 066
Address
Place Du Congres 1
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sally Scott (Ms.)
DEUTSCHES INSTITUT FUR WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG DIW (INSTITUT FUR KONJUNKTURFORSCHUNG) EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 176 418
Address
Mohrenstrasse 58
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Meike Janssen (Ms.)
INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE INVESTIGACIONES ECONOMICAS, S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 250 056
Address
Guardia Civil 22
46020 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
German Molina (Mr.)
KOPINT-TARKI KONJUNKTURAKUTATO INTEZET ZRT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 119 256
Address
Budaorsi Ut 45
1112 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
éva Palócz (Dr.)