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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. Use of Interactive Plots and Tables for Robust Analysis of International Trade Data

    Article analysing international trade data through a robust approach for the identification of outliers and regression mixtures called Forward Search. The focus is on interactive tools developed to dynamically connect the information which comes from diff ...

    30 April 2014

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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 MONFORTI ...

    30 April 2014

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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 ...

    08 July 2014

  15. 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 ...

    27 August 2014

  16. jrc_20121108_agenda.pdf

    08 Nov 2012 Financial stability is a sine qua non to maximise the benefits of the internal market and generate growth and jobs. To restore confidence among depositors and investors, targeted reforms are necessary to create more transparent and better gove application/pdf attached to:How can science contribute to financial stability?

  17. jrc_20121108_financial_stability_flashreport.pdf

    08 Nov 2012 Financial stability is a sine qua non to maximise the benefits of the internal market and generate growth and jobs. To restore confidence among depositors and investors, targeted reforms are necessary to create more transparent and better gove application/pdf attached to:How can science contribute to financial stability?

  18. jrc_20121108_financial_stability_minutes.pdf

    08 Nov 2012 Financial stability is a sine qua non to maximise the benefits of the internal market and generate growth and jobs. To restore confidence among depositors and investors, targeted reforms are necessary to create more transparent and better gove application/pdf attached to:How can science contribute to financial stability?

  19. JRC assessed the first ever Web Index

    05 Sep 2012 According to the Web Index presented in London on 5 September 2012, Sweden, US and UK are the three countries in the world where the web is most used. The study, which was assessed by JRC scientists, also shows that internet access remains a l ...

    05 September 2012

  20. Agricultural commodity prices expected to stay firm

    12 Jan 2012 The prices of agricultural commodities are expected to stay firm over the medium term, according to a new report published by the European Commission. The JRC contributed to the report, "Prospects for agricultural markets and income 2011- ...

    12 January 2012

  21. R&D: top EU firms increase investment by 6.1% in 2010

    18 Oct 2011 The 2011 "EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard" shows that EU companies' R&D bounced back with a 6.1% increase in 2010 after a 2.6% decrease in 2009. This reflected the global situation, where R&D investments incr ...

    18 October 2011

  22. Report says EU SMEs led 2010 recovery from 2008/2009 recession

    11 Oct 2011 EU’s small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) remain the economic backbone of the Union and bolstered its economic recovery in 2010. They started to bounce back from the worst of the downturn in 2009, despite the challenging environment, accor ...

    11 October 2011

  23. JRC celebrates Innovation Union with CONCORD 2011

    06 Oct 2011 On 6 October; the first anniversary of the Innovation Union, the JRC hosted the 3rd European Conference on Corporate R&D, CONCORD 2011. The conference- taking place at the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) i ...

    06 October 2011

  24. New rules for the financial sector to reduce systemic crisis probability

    20 Jul 2011 On 20 July the Commission proposed more stringent requirements for banks and investment firms. The rules were designed to prevent the world banking system facing another crisis with insufficient quantity and quality of capital. The JRC has ana ...

    20 July 2011

  25. Global Innovation Index ranks capabilities of 125 countries

    01 Jul 2011 INSEAD, a leading graduate business school with three campuses on two continents, on Thursday 30 June released its Global Innovation Index 2011 (GII 2011), ranking five EU countries and Switzerland among the top 10. Upon invitation of its deve ...

    01 July 2011