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The Regions of Economic Well-being in Italy and Spain


  • Pilar Murias
  • Simone Novello
  • Fidel Martinez


Murias P., Novello S. and Martinez F. The regions of economic well-being in Italy and Spain, Regional Studies . When analysing economic performance, regional studies highlight the limits of income-level indicators and recommend the use of multidimensional notions. This paper proposes a composite indicator of regional economic well-being based on data envelopment analysis, including income distribution, legacy for future generations or economic security, and which respects the distinctiveness of every region. Studying Italy and Spain, the findings challenge the historical dual map of rich and poor regions. The issue of scale in terms of regional economic well-being is thus equally important. While not claiming the superiority of administrative regions in the explanation of economic well-being, it is concluded that the scale of social--economic processes underlying it remains essentially territorially based. Murias P., Novello S. et Martinez F. Les régions de bien-être économique en Italie et en Espagne, Regional Studies . En analysant la performance économique, les études régionales mettent l'accent sur les limites des indicateurs du niveau des revenus et prônent l'emploi de notions multidimensionnelles. Cet article propose un indicateur composite du bien-être économique régional fondé sur la méthode ‘data envelopment analysis’, et compris la distribution des revenus, la contribution aux générations futures, ou la sécurité économique, et qui respecte les caractéristiques de toute région. Les résultats d'une étude de l'Italie et de l'Espagne mettent en doute le dualisme de la carte historique des régions riches et des régions pauvres. La question de l'ampleur du bien-être économique régional est aussi importante. Tandis que l'on ne prétend pas la supériorité des régions administratives comme facteurs explicatifs du bien-être économique, on conclut que l'ampleur des processus socio-économiques qui l'étayent, reste essentiellement basée sur les territoires. Regionales wirtschaftliches Wohlergehen Maßstab Kombinierter Indikator Dateneinhüllanalyse Italien und Spanien Murias P., Novello S. und Martinez F. Die Regionen des wirtschaftliches Wohlstands in Italien und Spanien, Regional Studies . In regionalwissenschaftlichen Studien wird bei einer Analyse der Wirtschaftsleistung auf die Grenzen von Indikatoren auf Einkommensebene hingewiesen, und es wird die Verwendung von multidimensionalen Begriffen empfohlen. In diesem Beitrag wird auf der Grundlage einer Dateneinhüllanalyse ein kombinierter Indikator des regionalen wirtschaftlichen Wohlstands vorgeschlagen, zu dem die Einkommensverteilung, das Vermächtnis für künftige Generationen oder die wirtschaftliche Sicherheit gehören und der die Verschiedenartigkeit der einzelnen Regionen berücksichtigt. Die Ergebnisse einer Untersuchung in Italien und Spanien stellen die bisherige duale Karte von reichen und armen Regionen in Frage. Hinsichtlich des regionalen wirtschaftlichen Wohlstands spielt die Frage des Maßstabs somit eine ebenso wichtige Rolle. Zwar wird nicht behauptet, dass administrative Regionen eine überlegene Erklärung für wirtschaftlichen Wohlstand bieten, doch es wird der Schluss gezogen, dass der Maßstab der zugrundeliegenden sozioökonomischen Prozesse im Wesentlichen territorial basiert bleibt. Murias P., Novello S. y Martinez F. Las regiones del bienestar económico en Italia y España, Regional Studies . Al analizar el desempeño económico, en los estudios regionales se pone énfasis a los límites de los indicadores al nivel de los ingresos y se recomienda el uso de nociones multidimensionales. En este artículo proponemos un indicador compuesto del bienestar económico regional basado en un análisis envolvente de datos, incluyendo la distribución de ingresos, el legado para futuras generaciones o la seguridad económica y respetando la singularidad de cada región. En los estudios sobre Italia y España, los resultados cuestionan el mapa dual histórico de regiones ricas y pobres. Por consiguiente, el tema de la escala en términos del bienestar económico regional es igual de importante. Aunque no se reivindica la superioridad de las regiones administrativas para explicar el bienestar económico, se concluye que la escala de los procesos sociales-económicos subyacentes sigue basándose esencialmente en el territorio. Bienestar económico regional Escala Indicador compuesto Análisis envolvente de datos Italia y España

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  • Pilar Murias & Simone Novello & Fidel Martinez, 2012. "The Regions of Economic Well-being in Italy and Spain," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(6), pages 793-816, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:46:y:2012:i:6:p:793-816
    DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2010.504702

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    1. Antonella Ferrara & Rosanna Nisticò, 2015. "Regional well-being indicators and dispersion from a multidimensional perspective: evidence from Italy," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 55(2), pages 373-420, December.
    2. Ludovico Carrino, 2016. "Data Versus Survey-based Normalisation in a Multidimensional Analysis of Social Inclusion," Italian Economic Journal: A Continuation of Rivista Italiana degli Economisti and Giornale degli Economisti, Springer;Società Italiana degli Economisti (Italian Economic Association), vol. 2(3), pages 305-345, November.
    3. Agasisti, Tommaso & Cordero-Ferrera, Jose M., 2013. "Educational disparities across regions: A multilevel analysis for Italy and Spain," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 35(6), pages 1079-1102.
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    5. Antonella Rita Ferrara & Rosanna Nisticò, 2014. "Measuring Well-Being In A Multidimensional Perspective: A Multivariate Statistical Application To Italian Regions," Working Papers 201406, Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza "Giovanni Anania" - DESF.
    6. Ludovico Carrino, 2015. "The weighting role of normalisation in a multidimensional analysis of Social Inclusion," Working Papers 2015:32, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".

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