A Spatial Analysis of the Achievements, in Terms of Regional Development, Accomplished by the Initial EU-Member Cohesion Fund Beneficiaries Using a Synthetic Indicator
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AuthorRodríguez Martín, José Antonio; Martín Martín, José María; Salinas Fernández, José Antonio; Zermeño Mejía, Karla Aída; Añaños Bedriñana, Karen Giovanna
Spatial disparitiesEconomic and social cohesionEconomic developmentEuropean UnionLisbon strategyRegional policySynthetic indicator
Rodríguez Martín, J.A.; Martín Martín, J.M.; Salinas Fernández, J.A.; Zermeño Mejía, K.A.; Añaños Bedriñana, K.G. A Spatial Analysis of the Achievements, in Terms of Regional Development, Accomplished by the Initial EU-Member Cohesion Fund Beneficiaries Using a Synthetic Indicator. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2343. [doi:10.3390/su11082343]
SponsorshipFinancial support provided by the following institutions: the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, the State Research Agency (SRA) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (project reference ECO2017-86822-R).
This study proposes construction of a synthetic indicator to measure progress toward the objective of economic and social cohesion among the regions of Spain, Greece, Ireland and Portugal within the framework of European Community Regional Policy and the spatial disparities among these countries. Our aim is to integrate, in a single indicator, a large number of variables defined by the European Commission to monitor improvements in regional development, classified according to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. To achieve this goal, we use the Pena distance method for the year 2013.