Quotation Bachtrögler, Julia, Hammer, Christoph, Reuter, Wolf Heinrich, Schwendinger, Florian. 2017. Spotlight on the beneficiaries of EU regional funds: A new firm-level dataset.




This study introduces a new firm-level dataset containing over two million projects co-funded by the European Union´s (EU) structural and Cohesion funds in 25 EU member states in the multi-annual financial framework 2007-2013. Information on individual beneficiary firms and institutions published by regional authorities is linked with business data from Bureau van Dijk´s ORBIS database. Moreover, we show how modern text mining techniques can be used to categorise EU funded projects into fifteen thematic categories proposed by the European Commission. A first analysis of the dataset reveals substantial heterogeneity of beneficiaries and projects across and within countries. While in the majority of lagging regions the largest project expenditure is dedicated to transportation and energy infrastructure, in most other regions the major part is assigned to innovation and technological development as well as business (including SME) support. In an econometric analysis we control for project and firm characteristics and find that the highest single project values are associated with older beneficiary firms that are larger in size. Furthermore, the projects with topmost expenditure are carried out in Dutch and British regions.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Spotlight on the beneficiaries of EU regional funds: A new firm-level dataset
Year 2017
URL http://epub.wu.ac.at/5545/
JEL E61, H77, R11, R58


The Effectiveness and Optimal Design of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds: What does the single beneficiary tell us?
Bachtrögler-Unger, Julia (Former researcher)
Hammer, Christoph (Details)
Reuter, Wolf Heinrich (Former researcher)
Schwendinger, Florian (Former researcher)
Department of Economics (Badinger) (Details)
Institute for Statistics and Mathematics IN (Details)
Department of Economics (Kubin) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1807 Economic geography (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
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