Webinar on Administrative Capacity and the Territorial Effects of EU Support to Firms

The first EPRC webinar of 2023 was held on January 25th (11:00 – 12:00 UK) over Zoom. Professor Ugo Fratesi, from the Politecnico di Milano, presented his recent co-authored paper on the topic “Administrative Capacity and the Territorial Effects of EU Support to Firms: a two-step analysis”.

The aim of the paper was to explore whether territorial characteristics and regional administrative capacity influence the effects of EU Cohesion Policy support to firms. Fratesi argued that a significant relationship was found between firm-level policy effects and territorial capital, as well as administrative capacity. The latter was proxied by citizen engagement and administrative efficiency.

Click here to access the full paper that formed the basis for this webinar.


Ugo Fratesi is Professor of Regional Economics and Policy (SSD applied economics, SECS-P/06) at Politecnico di Milano. He was Editor of main section papers and Book Review Editor of Regional Studies (Taylor and Francis), between 2013 and 2021. He was member of the Council of the Italian Section of the Regional Science Association International (AISRe) and its Treasurer for the period 2010-2013. He has been involved with various roles in a large number of research project, especially at European level, financed by the ESPON, FP5, FP7, Horizon 2020 and PRIN programmes or the European Commission directly. He is the author of a forthcoming textbook on regional policy to be published by Routledge. He is author of books and articles published in refereed journals in the field of regional economics, primarily on the themes of regional growth and development, regional policy, cohesion policy, the models for forecasting regional growth, the theory and measurement of regional disparities, the territorial aspects of human capital and innovation.


Professor Ugo Fratesi’s presentation can be accessed here, and the webinar recording can be viewed on the EPRC’s YouTube page here.

Future EPRC webinars will delve into sustainability, regional policy and development topics.

If you would like to attend, watch out for updates and registrations by following @eprc_eu on Twitter, European Policies Research Centre on LinkedIn, or register for our webinar mailing list via marie.c.devine@strath.ac.uk.



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