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Economics and Politics of Infrastructure Investments in Italy

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  • Fabrizio Balassone
  • Riccardo Crescenzi

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The generalised economic downturn in developed countries and the significant constraints on both their monetary and fiscal policies have prompted new infrastructure investments as a tool to promote economic growth. However, both the critical analysis of the existing academic literature and the new empirical evidence offered by the papers included in this Special Issue shed new light on some potential drawbacks of infrastructure investments in Italy, suggesting that new infrastructure should be included in a balanced mix of development policies.

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  • Fabrizio Balassone & Riccardo Crescenzi, 2012. "Economics and Politics of Infrastructure Investments in Italy," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 1, March.
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    Keywords

    Economic growth; Infrastructure; Regions; Italy;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R42 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government and Private Investment Analysis; Road Maintenance; Transportation Planning
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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