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Geographical Indications: a first assessment of the impact on rural development in Italian NUTS3 regions

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  • Lorenzo Cei
  • Gianluca Stefani
  • Edi Defrancesco
  • Ginevra Virginia Lombardi

    (Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa)

Abstract

Geographical indications (GIs) are a 25 years old European policy instrument which have, among its objectives, to foster rural development. In this respect, very few studies quantitatively investigate to what extent this policy is effective. Literature is in fact mainly focused on specific GIs, studied through case studies, trying to identify which factors are responsible for the success or failure of specific initiatives. The aim of the present study is instead to quantify the impact of such policy instrument on a single indicator of rural development: agricultural value added. In order to assess the impact we firstly built an index measuring the number of GI schemes implemented at NUTS3 level in the Italian regions. Then, following a difference-in-difference evaluation strategy and relying on an explicit theoretical model, a fixed effect estimator was implemented. The choice of the model, as well as the variables to be considered, is specified using a directed acyclic graph. Results show that an overall positive effect of GI protection on agricultural value added could be identified in Italy, thus providing evidence of a positive impact of the European policy on rural development.

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  • Lorenzo Cei & Gianluca Stefani & Edi Defrancesco & Ginevra Virginia Lombardi, 2017. "Geographical Indications: a first assessment of the impact on rural development in Italian NUTS3 regions," Working Papers - Economics wp2017_14.rdf, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa.
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