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Il costo della vita al Nord e al Sud d’Italia, dal dopoguerra a oggi. Stime di prima generazione

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  • Nicola Amendola

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    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")

  • Giovanni Vecchi

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    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")

  • Bilal Al Kiswani

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    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")

Abstract

Despite the fact that in 2011 Italy will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its political unification, geographical disparities stand out as a prominent characteristic of the country. The paper estimates the trend of the cost-of-living differentials across regions in the half-century after the Second World War. We find that the Noth-South gap has steadily increased, from 10 percent in 1951 to almost 20 percent in recent years. The divergence in prices highlights the delay, possibly the failure, of Italy’s economic integration. Its cost, in terms of both foregone economic growth and distributive equity, is borne by the entire Italian society.

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Article provided by SIPI Spa in its journal Rivista di Politica Economica.

Volume (Year): 99 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (April-June)
Pages: 3-34

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Keywords: purchasing power parity; cost-of-living index; living standard; Balassa-Samuelson effect; economic integration;

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  1. Emanuele Felice & Michelangelo Vasta, 2012. "Passive Modernization? The New Human Development Index and Its Components in Italy’s Regions (1871-2007)," UHE Working papers 2012_10, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Departament d'Economia i Història Econòmica, Unitat d'Història Econòmica.

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