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Determinants of Total Factor Productivity in the Italian Regions

  • Guido Ascari

    (University of Pavia)

  • Valeria Di Cosmo

    (University of Pavia)

This paper investigates the determinants of TFP for Italian regions. We find strong evidence in favour of the factors commonly suggested by the theoretical literature. In particular, R&D expenditures and the number of researchers are positively related to regional TFP. Moreover, human capital is an important determinant of TFP. Finally, we find a strong difference between Northern and Southern regions, particularly regarding the effect of research activity and social capital. Our results are robust across different estimation methods.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 08 Nov 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0511009
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 26. University of Pavia, Department of Economics, Working Paper # 170 (12-04)
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