RESEARCH FOR REGI COMMITTEE – Indicators in Cohesion Policy

15-05-2017

GDP per capita is the sole criterion for identifying specific conditions of eligibility to the benefit of the structural funds. This criterion does not reveal really the well-being of local people. This study examines alternative measures, like final consumption expenses or a more sophisticated synthetic index, and their impact on the eligibility of the regions. The impact of the UK Referendum is examined, either using the present criterion or the alternative ones.

GDP per capita is the sole criterion for identifying specific conditions of eligibility to the benefit of the structural funds. This criterion does not reveal really the well-being of local people. This study examines alternative measures, like final consumption expenses or a more sophisticated synthetic index, and their impact on the eligibility of the regions. The impact of the UK Referendum is examined, either using the present criterion or the alternative ones.

External author

Christian VANDERMOTTEN and Gilles VAN HAMME