Evaluation of the Fiscal Stimulus Initiative

Practice area: Competition & Antitrust | Productivity, Innovation and New Economy | Public Policy
Client: UK Trade & Investment
Published: March, 2012
Keywords: quantitative analysis stakeholder surveys and consultations

UKTI’s Fiscal Stimulus Initiative was a programme aimed at facilitating access to opportunities created by fiscal stimulus measures around the world in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008/09. The project evaluated the performance of the programme and the effectiveness of the chosen implementation through consultations with UKTI specialists in the UK and selected overseas markets as well as surveys of companies, with samples drawn both from companies that used the programme and companies that didn’t. In a further step, governmental export support organizations from four other major exporting nations (Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy) were surveyed to identify alternative models of ensuring access to fiscal stimulus-related opportunities. The project identified the strengths and weaknesses of the FSI and compiled the lessons learned for the design of special assistance programmes in the future.