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Does State Aid Create Jobs? The Short and Mid-Term Employment Effects of Subsidies

Caroline Buts, Marc Jegers


This article looks at the aggregate effect of subsidies to Belgian firms on their levels of employment. It appears that firms receiving high subsidies experience a significantly higher increase in employment (FTE) than firms not receiving subsidies. This effect becomes visible about two years after the subsidies have been granted. This result sheds a more positive light on the employment effects of State aid than most of the previous studies focusing solely on aid mea


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