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Reassessing cross-regional convergence in Italy through distribution dynamics


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  • Silvia DAL BIANCO

    (Universita' di Pavia)

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    I employ distribution dynamics techniques to assess labor productivity convergence across;Italian regions in the period 1980-2003. In particular, I investigate four different convergence hypotheses, namely: absolute, conditional, neoclassical and technological. Consistently with the majority of the literature, I find supportive evidence of only technological conditional convergence. Thus, I conclude that the North-South labor productivity gap may be closed in the long run if structural differences are evened out and if technological diffusion towards laggard regions actually takes place.

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    Article provided by SIE - Societa' Italiana degli Economisti (I) in its journal Rivista Italiana degli Economisti.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 (December)
    Pages: 431-476

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    Handle: RePEc:rie:review:v:16:y:2011:i:3:n:3

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    Keywords: distribution dynamics; italian regions; neoclassical and technological convergee;

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