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Specializzazione e crescita: un’applicazione alle regioni dell’Unione Monetaria Europea


  • Rita DE SIANO

    (Istituto di Studi Economici, Università di Napoli 'Parthenope')

  • Marcella D’UVA

    (Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali, Università di Napoli 'L'Orientale')


The aim of this work is the identification and the description of groups of regions belonging to eight European countries in order to evaluate the role of productive specialization in determining regional income growth. The novelty of the study is the application of a new methodology, the Classification and Regression Tree Analysis. The results show that initial specialization in manufacturing (machinery and metal products) and services (credit and transport) is crucial for local growth and suggest the existence of multiple clubs of regions, each characterized by a specific specialization model and growth trend.

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  • Rita DE SIANO & Marcella D’UVA, 2004. "Specializzazione e crescita: un’applicazione alle regioni dell’Unione Monetaria Europea," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 112(4), pages 381-398.
  • Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2004:v:112:i:4:p:381-398

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    1. Rita De Siano & Marcella D'Uva, 2006. "Is There A Club Convergence Among Italian Regions?," Working Papers 1_2006, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy.
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    productive specialization; regional growth; Classification and Regression Tree Analysis.;

    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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