ILO Research department seminar

The Effects of Spatially Targeted Enterprise Initiatives: Evidence from UK LEGI

Presenter: Henry Overman, London School of Economics

Henry Overman is the Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. He is also a Professor at the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and a Research Affiliate at the Centre of Economic Performance and the Centre for Economic Policy Research

The paper he will present investigates the impacts of a significant area-based intervention (LEGI) that aimed to increase employment and entrepreneurial activity in 30 disadvantaged areas across England. The results indicate considerable local displacement effects, supporting the view that area-based interventions may have considerable negative displacement effects on nearby untreated areas.