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The Industrial Labor Force of Italy's Provinces: Estimates from the Population Censuses, 1871-1911

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  • Ciccarelli Carlo
  • Missiaia Anna

This paper presents statistical reconstructions of the industrial laborforce in post-Unification Italy. The estimates are based on the populationcensuses taken in 1871, 1881, 1901, and 1911. The figures are presentedfor each of Italy's 69 provinces, separately by gender. Industry, as is customaryin the literature, is defined so to include four major components:mining, manufacturing, construction, and utilities. Manufacturing is inturn broken down into 12 sectors. Some of the limits of population censuses,including their questionable representation of the labor force in thetextile sector, are briefly summarized. The paper focuses then on possibleuses of the proposed labor force estimates. It is in particular shown that,despite their known limits, population censuses represent a useful historicalsource to obtain legitimate estimates of provincial value added for Italy'sindustry. The present contribution, that aims at stimulating the quantitativedebate on Italian industry and industrialization at the local level,ends by presenting tentative directions for future research.

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Article provided by Società editrice il Mulino in its journal Rivista di storia economica.

Volume (Year): (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 141-192

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Handle: RePEc:mul:jrkmxm:doi:10.1410/74193:y:2013:i:2:p:141-192
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