Ex-Ante and Ex-Post Evaluation of Rural Development Programmes: Analysis of Programme Direct and Indirect Impacts

Project: ADVANCED-EVAL
Contact: Nana Zarnekow
Start: 08/2007
End: 2011
Finance: EU-Projekt ADVANCED-EVAL
Content: The derivation of ex-post and ex-ante evaluation tools that combine innovative econometric methods, i.e. propensity score matching, double difference methodology and generalized matching approaches. Comparison of different approaches measuring quality of life and deduction of a quality of life index, recognizing features of rural regions. Furthermore, the relation between migration behavior and the regional quality of life is investigated. A Rural Development Index (RDI) is developed and estimated which allows assessment of an overall impact of RD programmes at the regional level (ex-ante and ex-post applications).
Region: Poland and Slovakia
Publications:
  • Christian H. C. A. Henning and Nana Zarnekow: Applied Generalized Matching for Ex-ante Evaluation of RD-Policies: A Critical Assessment.
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow: Construction and Application of the Rural Development Index to Analysis of Rural Regions in Poland and Slovakia.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper WP3-4, Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2009
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow: Empirical Measurement of Quality of Life in Rural Areas in Slovakia Using the RDI.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Regional Report RR3-1 [D 4a], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2008
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow and Zdeno Stulrajter and Leszek Klank: Cartographic and Statistical Analysis of RDI in Poland and Slovakia.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Regional Report RR3-2 [D 11], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2008
Keywords: Rural Development, Ex-Ante and Ex-Post Evaluation, Matching, Quality of Life
Approach: Area of research are ‘applied and agricultural economics’; different matching techniques are applied for ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of rural development programmes. Spatial econometric techniques serve to investigate the relation of migration behavior and regional quality of life; furthermore, the data envelopment analysis is used to receive technical efficiency values which result in a quality of life measure.
Data acquisition: Census-Data

Quality of Life in Rural Regions: Derication and Econometric Estimation of a Rural Development Index

Project: ADVANCED-EVAL
Contact: Nana Zarnekow
Start: 08/2007
End: 2011
Finance: EU-Projekt ADVANCED-EVAL
Content: The derivation of ex-post and ex-ante evaluation tools that combine innovative econometric methods, i.e. propensity score matching, double difference methodology and generalized matching approaches. Comparison of different approaches measuring quality of life and deduction of a quality of life index, recognizing features of rural regions. Furthermore, the relation between migration behavior and the regional quality of life is investigated. A Rural Development Index (RDI) is developed and estimated which allows assessment of an overall impact of RD programmes at the regional level (ex-ante and ex-post applications).
Region: Poland and Slovakia
Publications:
  • Christian H. C. A. Henning and Nana Zarnekow: Applied Generalized Matching for Ex-ante Evaluation of RD-Policies: A Critical Assessment.
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow: Construction and Application of the Rural Development Index to Analysis of Rural Regions in Poland and Slovakia.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper WP3-4, Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2009
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow: Empirical Measurement of Quality of Life in Rural Areas in Slovakia Using the RDI.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Regional Report RR3-1 [D 4a], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2008
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow and Zdeno Stulrajter and Leszek Klank: Cartographic and Statistical Analysis of RDI in Poland and Slovakia.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Regional Report RR3-2 [D 11], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2008
Keywords: Rural Development, Ex-Ante and Ex-Post Evaluation, Matching, Quality of Life
Approach: Area of research are �applied and agricultural economics�; different matching techniques are applied for ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of rural development programmes. Spatial econometric techniques serve to investigate the relation of migration behavior and regional quality of life; furthermore, the data envelopment analysis is used to receive technical efficiency values which result in a quality of life measure.
Data acquisition: Census-Data

Ex Post Evaluation of RD Policies ( Ex-Post-Eval)

Project: ADVANCED-EVAL
Contact: Christian Henning, Jurek Michalek and Nana Zarnekow
Start: 03/2006
End: 03/2009
Finance: EU-Projekt ADVANCED-EVAL
Content: The working group Ex-post-eval focuses on the development and application of innovative quantitative methods to the ex post evaluation of rural development policies. Based on comparisons of supported units with an appropriately derived baseline, direct program impacts (i.e. ATT, MTE, etc.), and indirect effects of RD programs, (i.e. substitution effects, replacement effects, deadweight loss effects, etc.), are calculated applying a PSM-DID approach. Ex-post-eval is responsible for testing the applicability of the methodology to an ex-post valuation of EU RD programs and comparing results obtained from PSM-DD technique with traditional qualitative methods used in the evaluation of EU RD programs.
Region: Poland and Slovak Republic and Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Publications:
  • Jerzy Michalek: Contribution to the EC Guidelines for Evaluators of RD Programs: Approaches for Assessing the Impact of the Rural Development Programs in the Context of Multiple Intervening Factors. Exploring the State of the Art and Good Practice of Impact Evaluation and Measurement.
    Brussels: EEIG RurEval, pp 1-197
  • Jerzy Michalek: Assessment of the Direct and Indirect Effects of Individual RD Measures Using Propensity Score - Double Difference Methods in Selected Rural Regions of Slovakia and Germany.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Regional Report RR2-2 [D 13], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2009
  • Christian H. C. A. Henning and Jerzy Michalek: Theoretische Grundlagen und die Rolle parametrischer bzw. Nicht - parametrischer Modellansätze in der Politikevaluation. Replik zu Anne Margarian und Johann Heinrich.
    Agrarwirtschaft, 57(7): 348-351, 2008
  • Christian H. C. A. Henning and Jerzy Michalek: Econometric Policy Evaluation Techniques: Milestone for Effective 2nd Pillar Policies or a Pure Academic Exercise ?.
    Agrarwirtschaft, 57(3/4): 2008
  • Jerzy Michalek: Quantitative Tools for Ex-post Evaluation of EU RD Programmes.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Conceptual Report CR2-1 [D 2], University of Kiel 2007 Extern
Keywords: PSM-Matching, policy evaluation, rural development
Approach: To this end the working group uses new econometric estimation techniques, i.e. propensity score matching, enabling the computation of unbiased baseline scenarios.
Data acquisition: Existing SAPARD survey

Networks and Rural Development: Theory and Empirical Applications

Project: ADVANCED-EVAL
Contact: Christian Henning, Geraldine Henningsen, Nana Zarnekow and Christoph Böttcher
Start: 03/2006
End: 03/2009
Finance: EU-Projekt ADVANCED-EVAL
Content: The working group Net-RD analyses the role of social networks in rural development. At the theoretical level new approaches in economic sociology and economics analysing the impact of networks on individual behaviour and corresponding social outcomes is applied to understand rural development. In particular, the impact of social networks on cooperation and on agents´ belief formation is analysed. To facilitate an empirical application of developed network theories relevant social networks are related to economic and political performance at the micro and macro level via induced transaction costs. Empirical applications include the collection of relevant network data via the business, household, and labour markets, and a policy network survey in selected high and low performing regions. Based on collected data a comparison of network structures in high and low performing regions are carried out. Moreover, econometric estimations assessing the role of social network structures on economic and political performance are conducted. WP 4 includes two subprojects 4.1 and 4.2.
Region: Poland and Slovak Republic
Publications:
  • Jerzy Michalek: Application of the Rural Development Index and the Generalized Propensity Score Matching to the Evaluation of the Impact of the SAPARD Programme in Poland and Slovakia.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series WP 3-3 [D 12b], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2009
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow: Construction and Application of the Rural Development Index to Analysis of Rural Regions in Poland and Slovakia.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper WP3-4, Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2009
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow: Empirical Measurement of Quality of Life in Rural Areas in Slovakia Using the RDI.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Regional Report RR3-1 [D 4a], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2008
  • Peter Kaufmann and Rod Bond and and Jerzy Michalek: Derivation and Empirical Application of a Rural Development Index Measuring Quality of Life in Rural Areas Thematic Report: Part 1.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Thematic Report WP3-2 [D 12a], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2008
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow and Zdeno Stulrajter and Leszek Klank: Cartographic and Statistical Analysis of RDI in Poland and Slovakia.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Regional Report RR3-2 [D 11], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2008
  • Peter Kaufmann and Sigrid Stagl and Katarzyna Zawalinska and Jerzy Michalek: Measuring Quality of Life in Rural Europe - A Review of Conceptual Foundations.
    Eastern European, 13: 1-21, 2007
  • Peter Kaufmann and Sigrid Stagl and Katarzyna Zawalinska and and Jerzy Michalek: Construction and the Measurement of the Rural Development Index Part I: Conceptual Foundations of Indicators for Quality of Life Measurement.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Conceptual Report CR3-1 [D 3a], University of Kiel 2007
  • Jerzy Michalek: Construction and the Measurement of the Rural Development Index Application to Evaluation of RD Policies (Part II).
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Conceptual Reports CR3-2 [D 3b], University of Kiel 2007
Keywords: Quality of life, macro econometric evaluation methods
Approach: Qunatitative network analyses based on own business, farm, household and elite surveys; econometric estimation based on secondary regional data surveys and own surveys.
Data acquisition: Regional statistics, own business, farm, household and elite surveys.