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  1. Counterfactual impact evaluation

    In its simplest form, counterfactual impact evaluation (CIE) is a method of comparison which involves comparing the outcomes of interest of those having benefitted from a policy or programme (the “treated group”) with those of a group similar in all respe ...

    28 July 2014

  2. Construction and application of the Rural Development Index to analysis of rural regions

    JRC Reference Report measuring the overall level of rural development and quality of life in individual rural regions of a given EU country. The main purpose of this research was to construct a multi-dimensional (composite) index measuring the overall lev ...

    30 April 2014

  3. Efficient MCMC sampling in dynamic mixture models

    We show how to improve the efficiency of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulations in dynamic mixture models by block-sampling the discrete latent variables. Two algorithms are proposed:the first is a multi-move extension of the single-move Gibbs sample ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Technoeconomic optimization of limited resources in steam biomass CHP plants- Croatian case study

    Technoeconomic optimization for exploitatin of limited biomass resources was performed with support of a stete-of-the-art modelling tool. Data referring to Croatian market are used. MEDARAC Hrvoje, SZABO Sandor, JAEGER-WALDAU Arnulf, SCARLAT Nicolae, MONF ...

    30 April 2014

  5. The impact of spatial aggregation on urban development analyses

    This paper illustrates the impacts of spatial data aggregation on the analysis of urban development. Spatial econometric methods are used to control for spatial autocorrelation in the data and existing weighting methods are used to overcome aggregation de ...

    30 April 2014

  6. Joint Research Centre Statistical Audit of the 2013 Global Innovation Index

    The Econometrics and Applied Statistics Unit at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra (Italy) was invited for a third consecutive year to audit the Global Innovation Index (GII) because of the adjustments made to the list of indicat ...

    30 April 2014

  7. 2013 JRC wind status report: Technology, market and economic aspects of wind energy in Europe

    This report presents key technology, market and economic aspects of wind energy in Europe and beyond. During 2012 the wind energy sector saw a new record in actual installations and also a negative record year for the economics of its manufacturing sector ...

    30 April 2014

  8. Quantifying the qualitative: Eliciting expert input to develop the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool

    This article discusses techniques and lessons learned from the participatory development of the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT) in China and India in order to contribute to the growing literature on expert elicitation for indicator develop ...

    08 July 2014

  9. Consumer empowerment in Europe: its determinants and the challenges met in measuring it

    Relaying on data from the Special Eurobarometer survey n. 342 launched in 2010 by the European Commission, this paper aims at measuring consumer empowerment at the European level and at portraying the characteristics of empowered consumers. The first obje ...

    08 July 2014

  10. External Factors Affecting Investment Decisions of Companies

    In this paper we attempt to investigate the importance of certain external factors on the investment decision among Polish companies. With the use of data from the tailored made Survey on Receivables we examine factors influencing investment decisions of ...

    08 July 2014

  11. Monitoring multidimensional poverty in the regions of the European Union

    In this study, we measure the area-specific poverty in the European Union (EU). To this end, we measure poverty at the sub-national level in two ways: (i) using the EU nomenclature of territorial units (NUTS 1 mostly); (ii) using different with respect to ...

    24 July 2014

  12. Environmental Performance Index 2014- JRC Analysis and Recommendations

    The latest edition of the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) was presented and discussed on January 2014 during the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos. The EPI is released biannually since 2006 by Yale and Columbia Universities, in coll ...

    08 July 2014

  13. Monitoring multidimensional poverty in the regions of the European Union. Analysis of situation in 2012 and 2007

    In this study, we measure the area-specific poverty in the European Union (EU). To this end, we measure poverty at the sub-national level in two ways: (i) using the EU nomenclature of territorial units (NUTS 1 mostly); (ii) using different with respect to ...

    12 December 2014

  14. Vacancy chains and the business cycle. Stringing together job-to-job transitions in micro data

    Purpose? This paper examines the dynamics of labour market flows over the business cycle through a vacancy chain model. It provides a direct computation of vacancy chains using micro data, empirically investigates the relationship between chain length and ...

    10 April 2015

  15. iMAP, an integrated Modelling Platform for Agro-economic Commodity and Policy Analysis- New developments and policy support 2012-14

    Building, maintaining and applying the integrated Modelling Platform for Agro-economic Commodity and Policy Analysis (iMAP) has been a long-term project (since 2005) at the Joint Research Centre Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS), ...

    29 May 2015

  16. Drivers of Farm Efficiency in Turkey: A Stochastic Frontier Analysis

    This paper analyzes the efficiency structure of Turkish agriculture in farm household level by using various models of stochastic frontier analysis. A household level survey conducted in 2002 and 2004 is used in the analysis. Firstly, an efficient product ...

    28 May 2015

  17. Modelling the spatial allocation of 2nd-generation feedstock (lignocellulosic crops) in Europe

    The main topic of this paper is modelling the spatial allocation of 2nd generation feedstock (lignocellulosic crops) under a reference policy scenario in Europe. The Land Use Modelling Platform (LUISA) has been used in order to simulate the land use chang ...

    08 July 2015

  18. Computing first-order sensitivity indices with contribution to the sample mean plot

    In this paper, we investigate the use of the Contribution to the Sample Mean plot (CSM plot) as a graphical tool for sensitivity analysis (SA) of computational models. We first provide an exact formula that links, for each uncertain model input Xj, the CS ...

    06 August 2015

  19. RHOMOLO: A Dynamic General Equilibrium Modelling Approach to the Evaluation of the EU?s R&D Policies

    European integration changes the prospects of regional economies within the Member States of the European Union in many ways. Cohesion policy is the EU?s instrument to influence and complement the efforts at the national level to ensure that the gains of ...

    30 July 2015

  20. Evaluation of the land demands for the production of food, feed and energy in the updated Reference Configuration 2014 of the LUISA modelling platform. Methodological framework and preliminary considerations.

    The main purpose of this document is twofold. On the one hand, the land demands, methods and preliminary findings, especially in terms of forest and agricultural land, for the production of food, feed and energy are fully described. The modelling exercise ...

    13 May 2015

  21. Scientific support to financial analysis: how can science contribute to financial stability?

    08 Nov 2012 The Joint Research Centre, with the support of the College of Europe, has organised a high-level roundtable on "How can science contribute to financial stability". At this event, the Joint Research Centre aims to provide an opportuni ...

    30 April 2014

  22. JRC method to assess statistical coherence of multi-dimensional indices

    11 Oct 2013 Are ratings and rankings non-debatable? Does the weight given to one variable actually reflect its real importance? In a recently published article in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A the JRC describes its statistical method to a ...

    14 October 2013

  23. Towards a new single innovation indicator

    25 Oct 2013 A new single innovation indicator, which the JRC helped develop, has been presented at this week's European Council Summit on 24 and 25 October. The indicator focuses on innovation output and measures the extent to which ideas from innova ...

    25 October 2013

  24. JRC audits the first ever Environment and Gender Index

    19 Nov 2013 The Environment and Gender Index (EGI) was launched by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC COP19) in Warsaw. The EGI attempts to monitor pr ...

    21 November 2013

  25. Updated Regional Competitiveness Index provides guidance to regions

    20 Nov 2013 The 2013 edition of the Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI) has been launched by the JRC, in collaboration with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional Policy. The RCI was first published in 2010 and shows that competi ...

    21 November 2013