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Ma l'agricoltura meridionale era davvero arretrata?

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  • Giovanni Federico

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The conventional wisdom used to consider agricultural backwardness as one of the main causes of the North-South gap. In recent years, historians have contested this view. This paper supplies the first estimates of Total Factor Productivity in 1911, with an extrapolation to the whole period 1891-1951. The productivity was higher in the North, and the gap, initially quite small, has been widening all over the period. These results are more consistent with the conventional wisdom than with the revisionist view.

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  • Giovanni Federico, 2007. "Ma l'agricoltura meridionale era davvero arretrata?," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 97(2), pages 317-340, March-Apr.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:97:y:2007:i:2:p:317-340
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    1. Fenoaltea, Stefano, 1969. "Public Policy and Italian Industrial Development, 1861–1913," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 29(01), pages 176-179, March.
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    1. Pablo Martinelli, 2014. "Editor's choice Von Thünen south of the Alps: access to markets and interwar Italian agriculture," European Review of Economic History, Oxford University Press, vol. 18(2), pages 107-143.
    2. Martinelli, Pablo, 2014. "Latifundia revisited: Market power, land inequality and agricultural efficiency. Evidence from interwar Italian agriculture," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 79-106.
    3. Guerriero, Carmine & de Oliveira, Guilherme, 2014. "Extractive States: The Case of the Italian Unification," MPRA Paper 70916, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 13 Apr 2016.
    4. Emanuele Felice, 2011. "The Rule and the Exception: Italy’s Regional Imbalances (1891-2001) through a Shift-Share Analysis," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 4, December.

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    • N53 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services

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