Il costo della vita al Nord e al Sud d'Italia dal dopoguerra a oggi. Stime di prima generazione
AbstractDespite 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 North-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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purchasing power parity; cost-of-living index; living standard; Balassa-Samuelson effect; economic integration.;
Other versions of this item:
- Nicola Amendola & Giovanni Vecchi & Bilal Al Kiswani, 2009. "Il costo della vita al Nord e al Sud d’Italia, dal dopoguerra a oggi. Stime di prima generazione," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 99(2), pages 3-34, April-Jun.
- R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
- E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
- N94 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Europe: 1913-
- N34 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Europe: 1913-
- N14 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: 1913-
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- NEP-ALL-2010-07-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-GEO-2010-07-03 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-HIS-2010-07-03 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
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