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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, MONF ...

    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 ...

    28 May 2015

  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 ...

    12 December 2014

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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 ...

    27 June 2015

  21. 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?

  22. 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?

  23. 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?

  24. 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

  25. 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