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CSIL experts contributed to the RSA e-book on the EU Cohesion Policy

October 2016, 

CSIL experts - Sirtori, E. , Florio, M., Pellegrin, J. and Vignetti, S. - have contributed to the e-book - recently published by the Regional Studies Association (RSA) - titled Learning from implementation and evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy: Lessons from a research-policy dialogue (edited by Nicola Francesco Dotti).

This volume is the outcome of a research-policy workshop organised by the RSA research network on Cohesion Policy. The workshop took place on 13 June 2016 at the ‘Institut d’Éudes Europénes’ (IEE) of the ‘UniversitéLibre de Bruxelles’ (ULB), Brussels.

In particular, CSIL experts have authored the paper "Supporting SMEs innovation and growth: lessons learned from a theory-based impact evaluation". This paper discusses the role played by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) during the 2007-2013 programming period to support Small-Medium Enterprises. A theory-based approach was used in order to understand the mechanisms through which public support is able to trigger SMEs growth and innovation. Findings point to a relevant role of ERDF in helping SMEs withstand the crisis and stress the importance of supporting behavioural change beyond more immediate effects on economic performance. Policy implications relate to the importance of a selective strategy, well identified intended changes and an accompanying process to long-term development through skilled intermediary agencies.

The e-book and the paper authored by CSIL experts are available at the following link: