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Evaluating spatial policies

Gibbons, Steve, Nathan, Max and Overman, Henry G. (2014) Evaluating spatial policies. Town Planning Review, 85 (4). pp. 427-432. ISSN 0041-0020

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Abstract

In most countries economic prosperity is very unevenly distributed. Regional, urban and neighbourhood policies are often based on concerns about these kinds of disparities, and reducing such disparities is a key policy objective in many countries. High quality evaluation is central to understanding how to meet these objectives. However, impact evaluation – which seeks to identify the causal effects of policies – is often in short supply for spatial policies. In this viewpoint we highlight three barriers that hamper more rigorous impact evaluation. First, data availability constrains research. Second, identifying the causal impact of polices is difficult. Third, there are several practical barriers. We briefly consider each of these in turn, and make practical recommendations for change. Better policy design, more use of open data, and capacity-building for government analysts are three important and achievable steps in improving the extent and quality of future impact evaluations.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://liverpool.metapress.com/
Additional Information: © 2014 Liverpool University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/collections/folder/LSERO.aspx
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 13:13
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/57301/

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