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150 Years of Italian Political Unity and Economic Dualism:;An Introduction

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  • Michele FRATIANNI

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    (Universita' Politecnica delle Marche e Indiana University)

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This Special Issue of Rivista Italiana degli Economisti celebrates the 150th anniversary of Italy's political unity. Since 1861 Italy has evolved from a poor, backward and agrarian economy to a rich and industrial economy; has gone though bouts of economic insularity and integration; has swung from massive emigration to large immigration has experienced an inflation rate much higher than that of the reference industrial countries; has accumulated a debilitating public debt; and has blessed the demise of the lira to embrace a new currency, the euro, which now is under threat of imploding. Amidst all these changes, two features have endured: political unity and a deep economic divide between first the North and the South.

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

Volume (Year): 17 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 335-346

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Keywords: Debt; Economic dualism; Economic growth; Inflation;

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