The Effect of the Italian Unification on the Comparative Regional Development in Literacy, 1821-1911

42 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2016

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Carlo Ciccarelli

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Jacob Louis Weisdorf

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 25, 2016

Abstract

This paper provides the first ever diachronic homogenous estimates of literacy rates in the Italian provinces during the period 1821-1911, by gender. The estimates exploit the age structure information reported in the population censuses of 1881 and 1911 to back cast literacy rates to the early 19th century. Territorial differences were already huge in the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars, with Southern regions registering extremely low levels and essentially no change before the unication of 1861. Furthermore, the early rise of literacy rates for Northern women suggests a dimension of the North-South gap that significantly the political unication of the country.

Keywords: Human capital, literacy, regional economics, Italy

JEL Classification: J24, R11, N13

Suggested Citation

Ciccarelli, Carlo and Weisdorf, Jacob Louis, The Effect of the Italian Unification on the Comparative Regional Development in Literacy, 1821-1911 (July 25, 2016). CEIS Working Paper No. 392. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2814201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2814201

Carlo Ciccarelli (Contact Author)

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

Via Columbia n.2
Rome, rome 00100
Italy

Jacob Louis Weisdorf

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

Øster Farimagsgade 5
Bygning 26
1353 Copenhagen K.
Denmark

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