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Distribution of structural funds: equity, efficiency and public procurement (Czech Republic)

Vol. 9, No 1, 2016


Oldřich Hájek

 

Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic

hajek@fame.utb.cz

Distribution of structural funds:

equity, efficiency and public procurement (Czech Republic)

Jiří Novosák

 

Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic novosak@fame.utb.cz

 

Jana  Nekolová

 

Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic nekolova@fame.utb.cz

 

Lenka Smékalová

 

Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic

smekalova @fame.utb.cz

 

Abstract. This article deals with structural funds allocation for projects realized by Czech regional and local authorities in the programming period 2007-2013. Geographical distribution of structural funds in the context of the equity and efficiency goals is mapped. Two research questions are formulated in this regard. The first research question concerns the position of lagging regions in structural funds allocation. The second research question maps spatial spillovers of public procurement contracts supported by structural funds. The findings point at a rather disadvantaged position of lagging regions in structural funds allocation. This position is further worsened by spatial spillovers of public procurement contracts. Thus, spatial coherence between the EU and Czech regional policies is questioned.

 

Received: December, 2015

1st Revision: January, 2016

Accepted: March, 2016

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-8330.2016/9-1/12

JEL Classification: R12, O18, R58, O22

Keywords: structural funds, public procurement, regional disparities, Czech Republic