Seminar Information:



Funds and Games - The Economics of European Cohesion Policy

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Joeri Gorter, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB)

CHAIR: Prof. Dr. Bengt-Arne Wickstroem, DIW Berlin and Humboldt University  


Date: 30 April 2003

Location: Max-Liebermann-Haus, Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin


Ever since the Single European Act of 1989, European Cohesion Policy has been growing in size. The European Commission nowadays allocates more than thirty billion euro annually to regions that lag behind in terms of GDP per capita, or struggle with other socio-economic problems. This budget is likely to increase further with the upcoming enlargement of the European Union by countries from Central and Eastern Europe. This prospect has sparked a debate among the European Commission, the fifteen Member States and the accession countries. Opinions differ about the pros and cons of cohesion policy in general, as well as the desirable direction of reform. In his presentation, Joeri Gorter looks closely at cohesion policy, presenting new empirical evidence and sketching options for reform.


Joeri Garter is Researcher at the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB). Along with European cohesion policy, his research interests are international tax competition and coordination, the link between European integration and economic geography and the application of heterodox paradigms to economic policy analysis.