What Can We Learn from Long Time Series? Italian Living Standards after Unification and Dualism North-South

Posted: 30 Nov 2012

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Miranda Cuffaro

University of Palermo

Maria Davì

University of Palermo - d/SEAS

Erasmo Vassallo

University of Palermo - Department of National Accounting and Analysis of Social Processes; University of Palermo - d/SEAS

Date Written: December 2012

Abstract

Using Italian time series since 1861, we explore the evolution of living standards after political unification both at the national and at the territorial level. Firstly, we use univariate statistical analysis on homogeneous national time series. Secondly, we employ available homogeneous series at a disaggregated level to measure territorial disparities across regions and four macro-areas. Notwithstanding that time convergence occurred quite rapidly at the national level after WWII, territorial differences became more marked in the period 1936-1951, both in terms of material and social well-being. However, in the final decades of the 20th century disparities among the macro-areas declined, especially in social well-being.

Keywords: dualism, Italian unification, living standards

JEL Classification: C22, N93, R11

Suggested Citation

Cuffaro, Miranda and Davì, Maria and Vassallo, Erasmo, What Can We Learn from Long Time Series? Italian Living Standards after Unification and Dualism North-South (December 2012). Rivista Italiana degli Economisti, Vol. 3, December 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2182480

Miranda Cuffaro (Contact Author)

University of Palermo ( email )

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Maria Davì

University of Palermo - d/SEAS ( email )

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Palermo, 90124
Italy

Erasmo Vassallo

University of Palermo - Department of National Accounting and Analysis of Social Processes ( email )

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University of Palermo - d/SEAS

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Palermo, 90124
Italy

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