This project examines the capacity of EU regions to innovate in green and digital technologies, and whether interregional
cooperation can help foster the twin transition. A particular focus will be on the implications of the twin transition for
economic and social cohesion among EU regions.
Study by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research – University of Strathclyde, European Policies Research Centre
This project is part of the ex-post evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the programming period 2014-2020 by the European
Commission (DG REGIO). Together with the consortium partners, the distribution and effectiveness of ERDF and Cohesion Fund
resources granted in the framework of territorial instruments is analysed using quantitative and qualitative methods.
Supported by: Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank
This project investigates the possibility of the existence of middle-income traps among European NUTS-2 regions. Thus, the
study extends the literature on middle-income traps, which has so far mainly focused on the national level, to the subnational
level. Given the granularity of regional data, the study aims at improving existing spatial econometric methods by simultaneously
accounting for spatial dependence, the nature of spatial spillover processes and the uncertainty regarding alternative definitions
of growth regimes. Furthermore, the project focuses on analysing growth determinants of middle-income regions, such as EU
regional funds, and studies factors driving regions to falling into and escaping from a middle-income trap.