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The Dynamics of Labour Productivity across Italian Provinces: Convergence and Polarization

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  • Davide Fiaschi
  • Lisa Gianmoena
  • Angela Parenti

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This paper analyses the dynamics of labour productivity across Italian Provinces in the period 1995-2006. Inequality decreased but a clear pattern of polarization emerged, with the formation of a cluster of high-productive provinces in the North and Center-West of Italy and a cluster of low-productive provinces in the South and in the Center-East. A core of provinces belonging to ?ve regions (Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Lazio) appears to bene?t of a higher growth of productivity. This regional component favoured both inequality and polarization, while the initial level of productivity decreased inequality but increased polarization.

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  • Davide Fiaschi & Lisa Gianmoena & Angela Parenti, 2010. "The Dynamics of Labour Productivity across Italian Provinces: Convergence and Polarization," Discussion Papers 2010/105, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
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    1. Di Liberto, Adriana & Sideri, Marco, 2015. "Past dominations, current institutions and the Italian regional economic performance," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 12-41.
    2. Martino, Roberto, 2015. "Convergence and growth. Labour productivity dynamics in the European Union," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 186-200.
    3. Silvia Dal Bianco, 2016. "Going clubbing in the eighties: convergence in manufacturing sectors at a glance," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 50(2), pages 623-659, March.

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    Keywords

    distribution dynamics; spatial dependence; output composition; entrepreneurial fabric; human capital.;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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