The impact of state aid on the survival and financial viability of aided firms

Sven Heim, Kai Hueschelrath, Philipp Schmidt-Dengler, Maurizio Strazzeri

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We estimate the causal impact of restructuring aid granted by the European Commission between 2000 and 2012 on the survival and financial viability of aided firms. Using a comprehensive dataset we find that restructuring aid decreases the hazard rate of a market exit by 58–68% and increases firms’ average survival time by 8–15 years, depending on the definition of firm survival. We also find that aid receiving firms have a significantly higher probability to improve their financial viability than the counterfactual group in the longer run.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-214
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 502046 Economic policy
  • 502010 Public finance
  • 502039 Structural policy


  • CMI
  • Cat2
  • VWL
  • public policy
  • State aid
  • Ex-post evaluation
  • EU
  • Survival analysis
  • Public policy

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