SEARCH: Sharing KnowledgE Assets: InteRregionally Cohesive NeigHborhoods

General information
Financing body 
European Union - 7th Framework Program
Project leader 
UB-AQR - Universitat de Barcelona
Scientific referee
R. Paci
Project manager
Project cycle 
01/09/2011 to 31/08/2014
JEL codes
International Economics (F)
Financial Economics (G)
Labor and Demographic Economics (J)
Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth (O)
Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics (R)
General objective: to strengthen the integration process between the EU and the NCs by focusing on the European Research Neighborhood (ERN), improving fundamentally the understanding of institutional framework conditions of the ENP countries, their economic interactions with the EU in terms of people, capital, trade, knowledge, and innovation, in order to improve future definition and implementation of European Neighbouring Policies taking into account that "one size fits all" policy recommendations will not be appropriate due to the bilateral nature of the EU-ENP countries agreements. Specific objectives: 1. To provide a framework for the theoretical and empirical point of view about the relationships among the EU and the NCs. 2. To study, theoretically and empirically, the patterns of economic interaction between the EU and its neighbouring countries (NCs) and to estimate the sub-national effects of these interactions 3. To analyse the role of labour migration and its economic and social consequences (costs and benefits) both for destination (EU regions) and origin regions (neighbouring ones)  4. To investigate the extent to which the innovative performance of regions (EU27 and NC16) depends on endogenous ability in knowledge creation or on the capacity to absorb, adopt and imitate other regions’ innovations. 5. To identify the impact of changes in the institutional structure in the ENP countries and regions on the prospects for improved economic development and social cohesion 6. To extract and disseminated policy guidelines for policymakers in the EU and NCs to support the development of higher levels of economic integration for the growth, competitiveness and cohesion prospects of the two areas.

Regional Quantitative Analysis Group (UB-AQR). Universitat de Barcelona Spain
Urban and Regional Research Centre of Utrecht (URU)The Netherlands
University of Thessaaly (UTH)Greece
Centre for North and South Economic Research – University of Cagliari Italy
London School of Economics and Politital Science (LSE) United Kingdom
Institute of Regional and Environmental Economy (WU)  Austria
Brunel University (UBRUN) United Kingdom
Economic Research Centre of the University of Saint-Etienne France
Center for Research in Economic Policy (GKK) University of Pécs Hungary
Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, Leibniz University of Germany
University of Tartu (UTARTU) Estonia
The State University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) Russia
Faculty of Letters Arts and Humanities of the University of Manouba Tunisia
University of Cady Ayyad (UCAM, FSJES) Morocco
International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) Greece-Black sea Area
European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) Spain-(UE)
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) Israel
Université Badji Mokhtar Annaba_Faculté des Sciences économiques et de gestion (UBMA-FSEG) Algeria
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Turkey