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Working Paper Cnr-Ceris, N° 22/2014  

  The impact of Rural Development Program on the economic performances of agro-food industry: the results of a counterfactual analysis in Piedmont, Italy[1]

 Pagliarino Elena*, Cariola Monica, Pavone Sara, Manello Alessandro



National Research Council of Italy
Institute for Economic Research on Firm and Growth

CNR-CERIS Collegio Carlo Alberto - via Real Collegio, n. 30
10024 Moncalieri (Torino) – ITALY


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Abstract: The purpose of this research is to compare, by means of a counterfactual analysis, the economic performance of Piedmontese agro-food enterprises in 2005-2012, period characterized by the economic crisis, in relation to whether they received fundings during the last two programming periods. In particular, the main objective is to analyse the role played by the Rural Development Programme in the agro-food businesses in Piedmont and the effects of financing on the enterprises under investigation. The results provide insights and guidelines for policy makers as well as for researchers involved in the evaluation of public policies and they can be used to elaborate effective interventions and targeted actions.


keywords: policy evaluation, rural development, counterfactual analysis, agro-industry


jel codes: O13, Q16, Q18, Z18





[1] Paper presented at the 54rd ERSA Congress, “Regional development & globalization: Best practices”, St. Petersburg (Russia), 26-19 August 2013. The authors thank the participants to the Special Session on Counterfactual methods for regional policy evaluation and the chairs Elena Ragazzi and Lisa Sella for the useful feedbacks

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