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Published on April 06, 2018
This report takes stock of discussions held between academics and country practitioners during a series of seminars organised in 2017 by the OECD and the European Commission that focused on opportunities to improve the design and delivery of regional development policies. What can governments do to enhance economic development in regions and cities ? What lessons can be drawn from theory and practice to ensure public spending and investments contribute to regional development as effectively as possible ? At a time of increasing pressure on public finances it is paramount to enhance the effectiveness of regional policy governance instruments to add value to public spending and investment.
Bringing together frontier economic theory and country practices regarding performance frameworks, financial instruments, policy conditionalities, contractual arrangements and behavioural insights in regional policy, this report identifies cross-cutting lessons to help policy-makers manage common trade-offs when designing public expenditure and investment programmes for the development of regions and cities.
|Designing better economic development policies for regions and cities: Lessons from theory and practice|
|Using financial instruments for regional development policies|
|Contracts to manage the stability vs. flexibility trade-off in regional development policies|
|Conditionalities for effective public investment in regional development policies|
|Performance frameworks for regional development policies|
|Behavioural insights and organisational behaviour in regional development policies|
19 March 2018 Brussels
The OECD and the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy launched the report “Rethinking Regional Development Policy-making” on 19 March 2018 in Brussels. The launch event provided the opportunity to discuss the recommendations of the report with representatives of the EU institutions, experts from Member States and other OECD countries and academics.
EC-OECD Seminar Series on Designing better economic development policies for regions and cities
In 2017, the OECD and the European Union organised a series of seminars at the OECD Headquarters in the context of an EC-OECD project “Designing better economic development policies for regions and cities”.
The outcome of the project supports the design and implementation of policies that are adapted to the relevant territorial scales or geographies, and that focus on the main factors that sustain the competitive advantages of regions and cities. The seminars also support the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission in the preparation of the impact assessment for the post-2020 legislative proposals and to support broader discussion with stakeholders on the future direction of the delivery mechanisms of regional policy
The final report Rethinking Regional Development Policy-making takes stock of discussions between academics and practitioners during these seminars.
23 January 2017: Seminar on “Multi-level governance for regional economic development”
31 March 2017: Seminar on "Performance indicators"
28 April 2017: Seminar on “Conditionalities for More Effective Public Investment”
10 May 2017: Seminar on “Behavioural insights and organisational behaviour”
28 June 2017: Seminar on ‘When to use financial instruments”