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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. Regional economic analysis and modelling

    Economic and social cohesion are major pillars of the European welfare state and a large part of the EU budget is devoted to maintaining and strengthening them through support at the regional level. Impact assessment of EU regional policy is complex, not ...

    11 March 2015

  3. The role of microeconomic evaluation in ex-post impact quantification of EU policies

    19 May 2016 The purpose of the event is to bring together policymakers, analysts and researchers from the European Commission, international organisations, think tanks and academia, to discuss the role of quantitative evaluation of policy impacts in the E ...

    29 April 2016

  4. Commission proposes new e-commerce rules to help consumers and companies reap full benefit of Single Market

    25 May 2016 On 25 May 2016, the European Commission tabled a package of measures to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily and confidently across the EU. Delivering on its Digital Single Market and Single Ma ...

    25 May 2016

  5. Learning about Counterfactual Impact Evaluation

    19 May 2016 to 20 May 2016 Course title “ Workshop on Microeconomic Evaluation: causality, data and methods ”   Course content: This course offers an overview of methods and data that can be used to evaluate the causal effect of policy interventions. The ...

    13 May 2016

  6. Launch of the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation

    19 May 2016 On 19 May 2016, the JRC launched a Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation. This centre will be a network bringing together relevant policy and scientific expertise from across the Commission, and external experts from around the world, ...

    19 May 2016

  7. CRIE Newsletter

    The CRIE Newsletter is a biannual publication intended to provide DG EMPL, managing authorities as well as academics in the field of Counterfactual Impact Evaluation with recent highlights about CRIE’s achievements, policy support activities and other new ...

    15 June 2016

  8. Who’s doing who? Growth of sales, employment, assets, profits and R&D entangled in a curious five-way love triangle

    Understanding causal relationships among key economic variables is crucial for policy makers, who wish to e.g. stimulate private R&D growth.. To this end, we applied a technique recently imported from the Machine Learning community (Structural Vector ...

    06 June 2016

  9. RHOMOLO web tool

    In order to allow users to run simple illustrative simulations on a basic version of the model and have a first impression of the results that can be obtained with more problem-tailored versions of RHOMOLO, a graphical web-based interface has been develop ...

    20 February 2016

  10. Quality of life in cities – Empirical evidence in comparative European perspective

    This study in­ves­ti­gated as­pects of ur­ban qual­ity of life in Eu­ro­pean cities. To this end, the Flash Eu­ro­barom­e­ter 366: Qual­ity of life in Eu­ro­pean cities was used. The sur­vey pro­vides opin­ions of 41 thou­sands in­hab­i­tants from 79 Eu­r ...

    01 June 2016

  11. The economic impact of removing geo-blocking restrictions in the EU Digital Single Market

    In this paper, we present the results of a study which investigated the welfare impact of lifting geo-blocking restrictions to cross-border e-commerce in the EU, using a dataset for consumer electronics products in ten European countries for the period 20 ...

    23 May 2016

  12. Geo-blocking in Cross-border e-Commerce in the EU Digital Single Market

    A cross-border e-commerce Mystery Shopping Survey conducted in 2015, finds that the practice of erecting virtual barriers is still common in cross-border e-commerce within the EU, as it was in 2009. Electrical appliances, electronics and computer games ar ...

    23 May 2016

  13. Research and Innovation Observatory

    RIO https://rio.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ The Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) is an initiative of the European Commission to monitor and analyse research and innovation developments at country and EU levels to support better policy making in Europe. DG ...

    16 October 2015

  14. Building an empirically-based framework to value multiple public goods of agriculture at broad supranational scales

    Agricultural landscapes deliver multiple, highly valued goods such as cultural amenities, biodiversity conservation and climate stability. These goods are often delivered as side-effects of farmers' production decisions driven by broad-scale, suprana ...

    23 May 2016

  15. Delivery costs and cross-border e-commerce in the EU Digital Single Market

    This paper studies the effects of delivery costs on cross-border e-commerce flows in the EU. For this purpose we use both a firm and a consumer surveys carried out 2015, to analyse the supply and demand side separately. The paper first offers some descrip ...

    11 May 2016

  16. Measuring Financial Integration in Europe: a price-based approach for equity and bond markets

    The economic literature, while recognizing the added value of financial market integration, does not offer a clear cut answer on the best measure(s) of this integration. We compute three possible measures based on the sensitivity of domestic European stoc ...

    24 April 2016

  17. Regulation, red tape and location choices of top R&D investors- IPTS Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation no. 01/2016

    This paper investigates how product and labour market regulations and red tape affect the way in which top corporate research and development (R&D) investors worldwide organise their cross-border operations. The decision about where a company locates ...

    22 April 2016

  18. Verti-zontal differentiation in export markets

    Many trade models of monopolistic competition identify cost efficiency as the main determinant of firm performance in export markets. To date, the analysis of demand factors has received much less attention. We propose a new model where consumer preferenc ...

    24 April 2016

  19. JRC Annual Report 2015

    Discover the work of the JRC in 2015 in our online annual report Report on the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC’s work carried out in 2015. An overview is given of the scientific achievements and activities. lbna27501enn_new_2. ...

    14 May 2016

  20. Innovation and firm growth: Does firm age play a role?

    This paper explores the relationship between innovation and firm growth for firms of different ages.We hypothesize that young firms undertake riskier innovation activities which may have greater performance benefits (if successful), or greater losses (if ...

    15 April 2016

  21. The RHOMOLO model

    RHOMOLO The RHOMOLO model RHOMOLO is a dynamic spatial general equilibrium model of the European Commission. It is developed and used by Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) in cooperation with Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Poli ...

    05 September 2015

  22. JRC discusses the challenges of evidence-based policy making for the European Social Fund

    05 May 2015 On May 20 th the JRC was invited to present work on “Challenges of evidence-based policy making for the European Social Funds” at the 6th International Evaluation Conference “Evaluation results for decision-making: Use, challenges and examples ...

    04 June 2015

  23. First Regional Workshop for participants from Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands

    13 Apr 2015 to 15 Apr 2015 On April 13 th, the JRC organises a three-day workshop in Brussels on counterfactual impact evaluation (CIE) methods. Representatives of managing authorities from Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands are to attend the event. The ...

    04 June 2015

  24. Meeting with Joost De Laat, from the World Bank (WB)

    29 Jan 2015 Joost De Laat, programme manager of the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) visits CRIE on 29 January 2015. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss about synergies and potential collaborations between CRIE and the WB to promote Counterfac ...

    08 April 2015

  25. ESF-funded Counterfactual Impact Evaluation in Latvia

    10 Mar 2015 to 11 Mar 2015 JRC scientists present the results of a Counterfactual Impact Evaluation of an ESF-funded intervention in Latvia. These results were discussed in front of the Managing Authority in charge of the evaluation of the intervention an ...

    08 April 2015