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Recessions, recoveries and regional resilience: Evidence on Italy

Di Caro, Paolo (2014): Recessions, recoveries and regional resilience: Evidence on Italy. Forthcoming in: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (2014)

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Abstract

This paper analyses regional resilience and local economic growth patterns in Italy over the past four decades. Place-specific transient and permanent effects of aggregate employment shocks are studied. Geographical asymmetries in engineering and ecological resilience are found, providing auxiliary insights on the rooted Italian regional inequalities. The territorial impact of different crises is investigated and a direct comparison with the UK case is offered. The importance of manufacturing activities for explaining economic resilience is assessed, finding out a positive relation between the resilience of the industrial sector and the overall local economic development. Some policy implications are conclusively discussed.

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