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Italian export capacity in the long run perspective (1861-2009): a tortuous path to keep the position

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  • Michelangelo Vasta

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    The paper focuses on the evolution of the capacity of Italian goods to reach international markets from the Unification (1861) up to now. In so doing we provide a wide range of new series on the topic. On one hand we present the general trends of macroeconomic data related to trade, on the other hand we provide the evolution of Italian foreign trade focusing, in particular, on the characteristics of export flows. The paper illustrates the Italian tortuous path to keep the position amongst the most advanced countries in spite of its peculiar specialisation

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Siena in its series Department of Economics University of Siena with number 572.

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    Date of creation: Sep 2009
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    Keywords: Italian trade; Export capacity; Technological specialization; Economic growth; trade policies;

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