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Determinants of Total Factor Productivity in the Italian Regions

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  • Guido Ascari

    (University of Pavia)

  • Valeria Di Cosmo

    (University of Pavia)

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This paper investigates the determinants of TFP for Italian regions. We find strong evidence in favour of the factors commonly suggested by the theoretical literature. In particular, R&D expenditures and the number of researchers are positively related to regional TFP. Moreover, human capital is an important determinant of TFP. Finally, we find a strong difference between Northern and Southern regions, particularly regarding the effect of research activity and social capital. Our results are robust across different estimation methods.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Macroeconomics with number 0511009.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 08 Nov 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0511009

Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 26. University of Pavia, Department of Economics, Working Paper # 170 (12-04)
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Keywords: Total factor productivity; Italian regions; panel data; human capital; social capital;

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