Inequality between Member States in FP7 and Horizon 2020 - Insights from calculating Gini Coefficients


Inequality is one of the most burning economic and social issues, and the inequality between Member States in terms of Horizon 2020 funding received is equally a question of constant political interest (see also THINK Piece 1/2016). This paper presents a new approach to use standard economic tools such as Lorenz curves and the Gini coefficients for a deeper analysis of the distributional effects of FP7 and Horizon 2020. After some technical explanations and a look at the data used, the first findings from this approach are presented. In conclusion, four statements are formulated to illustrate the analytical potential of this approach.