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Historical Traditions Of Civicness And Local Economic Development

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  • Guido de Blasio
  • Giorgio Nuzzo
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    The paper investigates the importance of history for local economic performance in Italy by studying the role of social capital, which refers to trust, reciprocity and habits of co-operation that are shared among members of a local community. The paper presents a test based on worker productivity, entrepreneurship, and female labor market participation. Using as instruments regional differences in civic involvement in the late 19th century and local systems of government in the middle ages, it shows that social capital does have economic effects. Copyright (c) 2009, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Regional Science.

    Volume (Year): 50 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 833-857

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:jregsc:v:50:y:2010:i:4:p:833-857

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    1. Giuseppe Albanese & Guido de Blasio & Paolo Sestito, 2013. "Trust and preferences: evidence from survey data," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 911, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    2. Graziella Bertocchi & Monica Bozzano, 2013. "Women, Medieval Commerce, and the Education Gender Gap," Center for Economic Research (RECent) 088, University of Modena and Reggio E., Dept. of Economics.
    3. Matthias Bürker & G. Alfredo Minerva, 2012. "Civic Capital and the Size Distribution of Plants: Short-Run Dynamics and Long-Run Equilibrium," Working Papers 2012.81, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
    4. d'Agostino, Giorgio & Scarlato, Margherita, 2011. "Innovation, Growth and Quality of Life: a Theoretical Model and an Estimate for the Italian Regions," MPRA Paper 31939, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Antoci, Angelo & Sabatini, Fabio & Sodini, Mauro, 2012. "See you on Facebook! A framework for analyzing the role of computer-mediated interaction in the evolution of social capital," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 41(5), pages 541-547.
    6. Giuseppe Albanese & Guido de Blasio, 2014. "Civic Capital and Development: Italy, 1951-2001," Quaderni di storia economica (Economic History Working Papers) 32, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    7. Garofalo, Maria Rosaria, 2011. "Il volontariato può sostenere lo sviluppo? Riflessioni metodologiche per la costruzione di un frame work teorico
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      ," MPRA Paper 40008, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Ilaria Petrarca & Roberto Ricciuti, 2013. "The Historical Roots of Corruption and Economic Development in Italy," CESifo Working Paper Series 4212, CESifo Group Munich.
    9. M. Burker & C. Franco & G. A. Minerva, 2011. "Foreign ownership, firm performance, and the geography of civic capital," Working Papers wp782, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    10. Giuseppe Albanese & Guido de Blasio & Paolo Sestito, 2014. "My parents taught me. Evidence on the family transmission of values," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 955, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    11. Guido De Blasio & Guglielmo Barone, 2011. "Local electoral rules and political participation," ERSA conference papers ersa11p418, European Regional Science Association.
    12. Matthias Buerker & Gaetano Alfredo Minerva, 2013. "Civic Capital and the Vertical Integration of Service Provision: Evidence from Italy," ERSA conference papers ersa13p1209, European Regional Science Association.
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