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CSIL experts join the 53rd European Regional Science Association

September 2013, 

CSIL experts joined the 53rd European Regional Science Association congress held in Palermo on 27th-31st August 2013.

Emanuela Sirtori, partner of CSIL, presented the paper "Long term impact of a major infrastructure project: the Port of Gioia Tauro" (drafted with M. Genco and S. Vignetti).

The paper illustrates the story of the Port of Gioia Tauro, a major infrastructure investment co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund in the period 1994-1998, but whose origin dates back to the beginning of the 1970s. It draws from a recent ex-post evaluation carried out by CSIL on behalf of the European Commission aimed at assessing the long term effects produced by a sample of ten major infrastructures in the Transport and Environment sectors and interpreting the key determinants of the observed performance. The paper discusses to what extent factors such as governance, managerial response and social acceptability can be key determinants of long term effects of a large infrastructure project, more than forecasting capacity or project technical design.