Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Natascha Hainbach, Katharina Gnath

Europe seen from the stars

How EU funding policy works locally

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1. edition
8 pages, PDF


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Our examination of 119,116 EU-funded projects in 6571 municipalities in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic shows that those receiving more EU funding grow more strongly and, ultimately, catch up economically. We break new methodological ground in the process by making use of night light emission data from satellite imagery to establish these effects.

This policy brief is part of the interdisciplinary module "Europe seen from the stars". Here you find the full study. Here you find the project news with additional information and material.

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