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Economic integration and industrial sector fluctuations: evidence from Italy

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  • Tatiana Cesaroni

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This paper investigates the underlying sources of the Italian industrial sector fluctuations. It concentrates in particular on the role of different shocks on the manufacturing business cycle. To this end, it considers both domestic shocks (to hours worked and to technology) and external shocks (i.e. competitiveness and world trade shocks). The former concern internal conditions such as labour market and productivity dynamics; the latter relate to the effects of economic integration, globalization and the world economy scenario on the manufacturing sector performance. The findings show that although the cyclical fluctuations are mainly determined by productivity shock, hours worked and world trade shocks also contribute significantly to explaining the manufacturing business cycle.

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Paper provided by ISTAT - Italian National Institute of Statistics - (Rome, ITALY) in its series ISAE Working Papers with number 106.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2008
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Handle: RePEc:isa:wpaper:106

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Keywords: Business cycle; Italian Industry performance; SVAR model; Economic integration; World trade;

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