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Perché il Sud è rimasto indietro? Il Mezzogiorno fra storia e pubblicistica
[Why Did the South Fall Behind? The Italian Mezzogiorno between History and Pamphlets]


  • Daniele, Vittorio
  • Malanima, Paolo


The recent work by E. Felice, Perché il Sud è rimasto indietro, il Mulino, Bologna, 2013, is rather a pamphlet than a book of economic history. In the present article, we discuss both the statistical series of regional GDP from 1871 until 2001 worked out by Felice (section 1), and the in-terpretation of the North-South disparity in the long term (section 2). In section 3 we contrast our approach to the Italian regional disparities with that by Felice. While, according to Felice, the Italian North-South divide depends on social and institutional factors, and, in particular, on the mistakes of the Southern ruling class in the past, in our view it is the consequence of the interplay of economic factors during the Italian industrialisation starting at the end of the Nineteenth cen-tury

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  • Daniele, Vittorio & Malanima, Paolo, 2013. "Perché il Sud è rimasto indietro? Il Mezzogiorno fra storia e pubblicistica
    [Why Did the South Fall Behind? The Italian Mezzogiorno between History and Pamphlets]
    ," MPRA Paper 59101, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:59101

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    1. Vittorio Daniele & Paolo Malanima, 2007. "Il prodotto delle regioni e il divario Nord-Sud in Italia (1861-2004)," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 97(2), pages 267-316, March-Apr.
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    1. Felice, Emanuele, 2014. "Il Mezzogiorno fra storia e pubblicistica. Una replica a Daniele e Malanima
      [Southern Italy between history and journalistic books. A reply to Daniele and Malanima]
      ," MPRA Paper 55830, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Emanuele Felice, 2015. "La stima e l’interpretazione dei divari regionali nel lungo periodo: i risultati principali e alcune tracce di ricerca," SCIENZE REGIONALI, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2015(3), pages 91-120.
    3. G.L.C. Provenzano, 2014. "Why has the South fallen behind? The role of policies. A contribution to this debate starting from Emanuele Felice's volume," Rivista economica del Mezzogiorno, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 4, pages 991-1048.

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    Mezzogiorno; Italy; Regional development;

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    • N0 - Economic History - - General
    • N00 - Economic History - - General - - - General
    • N93 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N94 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Europe: 1913-

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