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Local development that money can’t buy: Italy’s Contratti di Programma

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  • Monica Andini

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    (Bank of Italy)

  • Guido de Blasio

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    (Bank of Italy)

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    The paper evaluates the effectiveness of a major Italian place-based policy (Contratti di Programma), by means of which the state approves and finances industrial projects proposed by private firms. Using the areas to be exposed to the same policy at a later date as counterfactuals, the study finds little evidence of it having had a positive effect. It estimates a limited impact on plant and employment growth rates, which is confined to a small area (a single municipality) and crowds out the economic growth of the surrounding areas.

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    Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) with number 915.

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    Date of creation: Jun 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:bdi:wptemi:td_915_13

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