Construction in Italy's Regions, 1861-1913

42 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2008

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Carlo Ciccarelli

University of Rome, Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Stefano Fenoaltea

Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica

Date Written: December 3, 2008

Abstract

This paper presents time-series estimates of construction activity in the regions of post-Unification Italy. Total construction followed very different time paths, reflecting the sharply local cycles in railway construction. Other public works were less idiosyncratic; the boom of the Giolitti years was widely diffused, but that of the 1880s was much more concentrated in Latium and Liguria. In the construction of buildings, the Giolittian boom was marked in the North and Center, but spotty in the South and major islands; earlier swings were comparatively minor, save of course for the 1880s bubble in Latium. Over the long term, railway construction was, per-capita, relatively evenly spread. Other social-overhead construction displays a similar pattern, but with exceptionally high levels in Latium and Liguria. Building construction seems instead to have declined somewhat from North to South; Liguria was again the overall leader, with Latium second.

Suggested Citation

Ciccarelli, Carlo and Fenoaltea, Stefano, Construction in Italy's Regions, 1861-1913 (December 3, 2008). CEIS Working Paper No. 136. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1310672 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1310672

Carlo Ciccarelli

University of Rome, Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Via Columbia n.2
Rome, rome 00100
Italy

Stefano Fenoaltea (Contact Author)

Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica ( email )

"Cognetti de Martiis"
Università di Torino
Torino
Italy

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