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Internal geography and external trade: regional disparities in Italy, 1861-2011

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This paper explores the interactions between external trade and regional disparities in the Italian economy since unification. It argues that the advantage of the North was initially based on natural advantage (in particular the endowment of water, intensive in silk production). From 1880 onwards the share of exports in GDP stagnated and then declined; domestic market access therefore became a key determinant of industrial location, inducing fast growing new sectors (especially engineering)...

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University of Oxford
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Department of Economics Discussion Paper Series
Publication date:
2011-11-01
Paper number:
578
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451498
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2020-12-14

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