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Evaluating EU cohesion policy using satellite data

Bachtrögler-Unger, Julia and Dolls, Mathias and Schüle, Paul and Taubenböck, Hannes and Weigand, Matthias (2021) Evaluating EU cohesion policy using satellite data. Project Report. 61 S. doi: 10.11586/2021047.

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In December 2020, the Council of the European Union adopted the EU's long-term budget for the years 2021 to 2027. With a share of 31 percent of the total budget (around 330 billion Euro), cohesion policy remains an important priority area. Given the large amount of resources dedicated to reduce economic and social disparities between European regions, it is essential to learn about the impact of different funding instruments in previous budgetary periods. In this project, we illustrate a novel approach of evaluating the economic effects of the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund since 2007. For a selected pilot region in the border area of the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland we collect data on EU funding at the municipality level. Using night light emission data as a proxy for economic development, we show that the receipt of a higher amount of EU funding is associated with higher growth in these areas. The results of this project suggest that remote sensing data can be used effectively to capture the small-scale impact of place-based policies on economic development, even in a pan-European context.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142213/
Document Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Title:Evaluating EU cohesion policy using satellite data
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Bachtrögler-Unger, JuliaAustrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dolls, Mathiasifo Institutehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0277-6390UNSPECIFIED
Taubenböck, HannesUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-9126UNSPECIFIED
Weigand, MatthiasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5553-4152UNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2021
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Number of Pages:61
Publisher:Bertelsmann Stiftung
Keywords:European Union, funding policy, cohesion, satellite data, nighttimelights
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote Sensing and Geo Research
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Civil Crisis Information and Geo Risks
Deposited By: Weigand, Matthias
Deposited On:23 Nov 2021 12:32
Last Modified:23 Nov 2021 12:32

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