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Regional Perspectives on Policy Evaluation


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Regional Science book series (BRIEFSREGION)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Marco Percoco
    Pages 1-8
  3. Marco Percoco
    Pages 21-27
  4. Marco Percoco
    Pages 43-52

About this book


The evaluation of public policies is of paramount importance for modern policy making, especially in a period of severe budget constraints. The literature has proposed several methods to deal with the issue of causality and counterfactual evaluation in a variety of contexts, with an increasing attention to the local dimension. The book aims to present the state-of-the-art of evaluation techniques with a special focus on the consideration of geographical and spatial effects into existing methodologies (such as propensity score matching, regression discontinuity, difference-in-difference). Furthermore, the volume highlights how strict the identification conditions for models with spatial effects are and proposes instrumental variables as a technique able to circumvent the issue. Finally, some insights into the emerging literature on ex ante evaluation are offered with respect to EU Cohesion Policy.


Counterfactual Methods EU Cohesion Policy Policy Evaluation Regional Development Policies Spatial Effects of Public Policies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institutional Analysis and Public ManagementBocconi UniversityMilanoItaly

About the authors

Marco Percoco is an assistant professor of regional economics and economic geography in the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management at Università Bocconi in Milan, where he is also affiliated to Dondena Center for Research on Social Dynamics and CERTeT. His main research interests are in the evaluation of regional and transport policies and in historical economic geography.

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