The Institute has signed a new research contract for young researchers (STAREBEI) with Sapienza Università di Roma for a study on “The EIB and geographic divergence in the EU”.

The research contract will last one year and is the second signed in 2021 following one with the University of Luxembourg. It is the first signed with Sapienza, one of the largest European universities by enrollments and and one of the oldest in history, founded in 1303.

The research will focus on estimating the regional multipliers of the EIB’s lending activity at European level so as to quantify the regional socio-economic impact of the Bank in relation to the priority objective of economic and social cohesion in the peripheral regions, in particular for those that are the object of the EU convergence policy.

STAREBEI (STAges de REcherche BEI-EIB research internships) is a programme that provides grants to universities in order to finance junior researchers carrying out research projects proposed by the EIB Group (EIB and EIF) under the joint supervision of a university tutor and an EIB or EIF co-tutor. To date, 63 young researchers from 41 universities in 14 European countries have benefited from the 58 STAREBEI research grants signed under the STAREBEI programme.