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Growth and “diversity” of Italian industry: the position of Southern Italy


  • Stefano Prezioso


The essay investigates the effects induced by the Post-Euro competitive environment on industry in Southern Italy. The approach considers a set of structural indicators - exports, FDI flows, size distribution of firms, productivity growth- in order to illustrate how the industrial system of the “Mezzogiorno” adapts to changes in the competitive environment. The findings reveal that industry in Southern Italy, following a pattern in contrast with the evolution observed elsewhere in the country, has progressively concentrated its competitive efforts in "scale-intensive" sectors. In the meanwhile, the indicators show a considerable increase in the mobility of labour.

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  • Stefano Prezioso, 2008. "Growth and “diversity” of Italian industry: the position of Southern Italy," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 3, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0083

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    Labour Mobility; Country and Industry Studies of Trade; Industrial Structure;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure


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