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How to Develop the Periphery? : The Regional Integration Case of Basso-Ferrarese in Italy

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  • Melloni, Nicola

    () (Oxford University)

  • Palmieri, Giovanni

    () (University of Bologna)

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This paper - a piece of the research output of the EU-funded project TERA - investigates the dynamics of development in the area of Basso Ferrarese, in Italy. The area is a relatively underdeveloped zone located in the otherwise wealthy Emilia Romagna. The first part of the paper identifies some area-specific factors affecting the poor economic performances of Basso-Ferrarese. In the second part, on the base of our findings, we run several CGE simulations focussing mainly on the potential impact of productivity gains. Finally, we discuss the policy implications of our results suggesting that investment in tourism and environmental and cultural heritage may allow for a more comprehensive path of development. Industrial development through productivity increase will have some positive effects which, however, will be mainly concentrated in relatively small areas.

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  • Melloni, Nicola & Palmieri, Giovanni, 2011. "How to Develop the Periphery? : The Regional Integration Case of Basso-Ferrarese in Italy," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 26, pages 477-498.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0546
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    Keywords

    SAM-based Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Models; Rural Development; Territorial Specific Analysis; Regional Economic Policies;

    JEL classification:

    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
    • 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)
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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