Distributing the European structural and investment funds from a conflicting claims approach

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Title: Distributing the European structural and investment funds from a conflicting claims approach
Authors: Solís-Baltodano, María-José | Giménez Gómez, José Manuel | Peris, Josep E.
Research Group/s: Desarrollo, Métodos Cuantitativos y Teoría Económica (DMCTE)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico
Keywords: European Regional Development Fund | Conflicting claims problems | Public budget distribution | EU convergence
Knowledge Area: Fundamentos del Análisis Económico
Issue Date: 23-Dec-2021
Publisher: Springer Nature
Citation: Review of Regional Research. 2022, 42: 23-47. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10037-021-00164-9
Abstract: In order to support economic development across all European Union regions, €351.8 billion –almost a third of the total EU budget– has been set aside for the Cohesion Policy during the 2014–2020 period. The distribution of this budget is made through five main structural and investment funds, after long and difficult negotiations among the EU member states. This paper analyzes the problem of allocating the limited resources of the European Regional Development Fund as a conflicting claims problem. Specifically, we attempt to show how the conflicting claims approach fits this actual problem, and we propose alternative ways of distributing the budget via (i) claims solutions or (ii) the imposition of bounds (guarantees) to each of the regions. By applying this approach we also show that there is a claims solution that performs better than the others by reducing inequality and promoting convergence to a greater degree. It is clear that political bargaining will always be part of the allocation process. However, having an intuitive initial proposal may help politicians to find the best agreement. To that effect, we propose the use of a claims solution as a way to find an initial proposal for future policy changes concerning the allocations of the EU structural funds.
Sponsor: This work is partially supported by Generalitat de Catalunya (2018PFR-URV-B2-53) and Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (PID2019-105982GB-I00/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 and ECO2016-77200-P). Open Access funding provided thanks to the CRUE-CSIC agreement with Springer Nature.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/120640
ISSN: 0173-7600 (Print) | 1613-9836 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/s10037-021-00164-9
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021. Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
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Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10037-021-00164-9
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