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An assessment of the redistributive function of the EU budget

Pasimeni, Paolo, Riso, Stéphanie, (2017),“An assessment of the redistributive function of the EU budget”, VoxEu, 19 Ιανουαρίου

EU budget reform is a key issue in policy debates, in particular the redistributive effects between member states. This column assesses redistribution within the EU budget over the period 2000 to 2014. It finds that the net redistributive impact of the EU budget is rather small and, contrary to common belief, that the revenue side is more progressive than the expenditure side.

The debate on the future of the EU is likely to gain prominence in 2017, and a key issue will be the reform of the budget of the EU. In order to inform this debate, in this column we present an assessment of the redistributive1 function of the EU budget, based on a comprehensive dataset of actual expenditures and contributions per country, across 15 years (2000-2014).

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