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The link between devolution and regional disparities: evidence from the Italian regions

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  • Lapo Calamai

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This paper investigates the relationship between devolution and regional disparities by looking at the case of Italy. By integrating the relevant quantitative and qualitative evidence, it attempts to answer two questions. Did the devolutionary process exert a positive influence on regional convergence in Italy? And, if so, why have its beneficial economic effects been concentrated in the Mezzogiorno? A clear historical link between the upsurge of devolution and the reduction of spatial inequalities is identified. However, this relationship plays out in a rather indirect way, and is strongly influenced by a series of exogenous factors which are thoroughly analysed.

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Article provided by Pion Ltd, London in its journal Environment and Planning A.

Volume (Year): 41 (2009)
Issue (Month): 5 (May)
Pages: 1129-1151

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Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:41:y:2009:i:5:p:1129-1151

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  1. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose & Roberto Ezcurra, 2010. "Does decentralization matter for regional disparities? A cross-country analysis," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, vol. 10(5), pages 619-644, September.
  2. Romina Boarini & Lars Osberg & Francesca Modena & Concetta Rondinelli & Fabio Sabatini, 2014. "Economic Insecurity and Fertility Intentions: The Case of Italy," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 60, pages S233-S255, 05.
  3. Torrisi, Gianpiero & Pike, Andy & Tomaney, John & Tselios, Vassilis, 2011. "(Re-)exploring the link between devolution and regional disparities in Italy," MPRA Paper 32212, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Anping Chen & Nicolaas Groenewold, 2013. "The national and regional effects of fiscal decentralisation in China," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, Springer, vol. 51(3), pages 731-760, December.
  5. Leonel Muinelo-Gallo & Andreas P. Kyriacou & Oriol Roca-Sagalés, 2013. "Fiscal decentralization and regional disparities: the importance of good governance," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers), Instituto de Economía - IECON 13-03, Instituto de Economía - IECON.

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