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Technological Change And Productivity Growth In Italian Regions, 1982-2001

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  • Francesco QUATRARO

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This paper first brings together aggregate data from the 20 Italian regions, concerning the dynamics of Total Factor Productivity (TFP) over twenty years, and then investigates the relationship between the observed variance in TFP evolution and the level of knowledge capital, both private and public, human capital and patent applications. Over the last decade a growing debate emerged in Italy concerning the transition of the national economy toward specialization in service sectors, despite the continuing relevance of manufacturing activities. The transition is supposed to be managed in different ways, according to the different governance mechanisms at work in different contexts. The opposition between a "first capitalistic organization" and a "second" one provides a useful framework to the interpretation of the dynamics in progress. The results stemming from econometric tests confirm the existence of different patterns of evolution, driven by different sets of factors, according to the specific way the economic activities are organized in each of the twenty Italian regions.

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  • Francesco QUATRARO, 2006. "Technological Change And Productivity Growth In Italian Regions, 1982-2001," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 24, pages 135-158.
  • Handle: RePEc:tou:journl:v:24:y:2006:p:135-158
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    1. Cristiano Antonelli & Federico Barbiellini Amidei, 2011. "The Dynamics of Knowledge Externalities," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 13292.
    2. Aiello, Francesco & Pupo, Valeria & Ricotta, Fernand, 2011. "Explaining TFP at firm level in Italy. Does location matter?," MPRA Paper 35656, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Francesco Quatraro, 2009. "Innovation, structural change and productivity growth: evidence from Italian regions, 1980--2003," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 33(5), pages 1001-1022, September.
    4. Francesco Aiello & Valeria Pupo & Fernanda Ricotta, 2014. "Explaining Total Factor Productivity at Firm Level in Italy: Does Location Matter?," Spatial Economic Analysis, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(1), pages 51-70, March.
    5. Quatraro, Francesco, 2006. "Innovating Routines and Routinizing Invention: A Study on the Diffusion of Patent Applications in Italian Regions, 1981-2001," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis LEI & BRICK - Laboratory of Economics of Innovation "Franco Momigliano", Bureau of Research in Innovation, Complexity and Knowledge, Collegio 200606, University of Turin.
    6. Aiello, Francesco & Pupo, Valeria & Ricotta, Fernanda, 2013. "Firm heterogeneity in TFP, sectoral innovation and geography. Evidence from Italy," MPRA Paper 48573, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    ECONOMIC GROWTH; LOCALIZED TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE; TOTAL FACTOR PRODUCTIVITY; ITALIAN MODELS OF CAPITALISM;

    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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