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Civic Capital and Development: Italy, 1951-2001

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  • Giuseppe Albanese

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  • Guido de Blasio

    () (Bank of Italy)

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We empirically investigate the role of civic capital (proxied by voter turnout) in Italy's economic development in the second half of the Twentieth century. Using a unique dataset at the city level, we show that over a fifty-year span voter turnout was steadily correlated with economic development and that this reflected some causality running from the former to the latter. We also find that the impact of civic capital was greater in the period immediately after the Second World War and gradually waned in the following decades.

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  • Giuseppe Albanese & Guido de Blasio, 2014. "Civic Capital and Development: Italy, 1951-2001," Quaderni di storia economica (Economic History Working Papers) 32, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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    1. Guido de Blasio & Samuele Poy, 2014. "The impact of local minimum wages on employment: evidence from Italy in the 1950s," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 953, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    2. Francesco Giffoni & Matteo Gomellini & Dario Pellegrino, 2017. "Human capital and urban growth in Italy, 1981-2001," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1127, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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    Keywords

    civic capital; development; Italy;

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    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth

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