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Regional economic analysis and modelling

The JRC has developed the RHOMOLO model to carry out policy impact assessments at NUTS 2 regional level, taking into account the relevant regional economic dimensions and characteristics.

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Competitiveness and social cohesion, two key pillars for a sustainable and prosperous European Union (EU), are at the heart of the JRC's regional economic analysis and modelling. A large part of the EU budget is devoted to promoting inclusive development, and assessing the economic impact of such policies is crucial for policy makers. Macroeconomic variables such as GDP, employment, productivity and trade balance are all interrelated and it is important to understand how they respond to EU policies and other external factors.

The main tool used by the European Commission for regional economic analysis and modelling is the RHOMOLO model, which is particularly well suited to analysing policies related to investment in human capital, transport infrastructure and innovation.

The RHOMOLO Model

A key responsibility of the Territorial Data Analysis and Modelling (TEDAM) team is the development, maintenance and use of the RHOMOLO model, the spatial CGE model with a focus on EU regions and sectors developed by the JRC in collaboration with DG REGIO. 

This model is widely used for policy impact assessments of European funds, such as cohesion policy, the Horizon programmes, the European Social Fund, and is jointly used with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to assess the macroeconomic impact of the EIB Group. A list of scientific publications containing RHOMOLO analyses is available here.

A web application is available for users to explore the type of results that can be produced with RHOMOLO.

More information: TEDAM website

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