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Peeking Backward: Regional Aspects of Industrial Growth in Post-Unification Italy

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  • FENOALTEA, STEFANO

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The new sectoral estimates of industrial production in 1871, 1881, 1901, and 1911 are regionally allocated using census labor-force data. The regional aggregates suggest that the industrial triangle emerged over these decades out of a traditional surplus-recycling economy. The concomitant change in the industrial rankings argues against attributing the regions different paths to their different initial conditions; surprisingly, too, overall growth does not seem closely tied to industrial development. The disaggregated estimates suggest in turn that the industrial structure of the various regions remained relatively similar, as if comparative advantages were generically industrial rather than sector-specific.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal The Journal of Economic History.

Volume (Year): 63 (2003)
Issue (Month): 04 (December)
Pages: 1059-1102

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Handle: RePEc:cup:jechis:v:63:y:2003:i:04:p:1059-1102_00

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