Ethnic Minority Concentration: A Source of Productivity Growth for Italian Provinces?

32 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2016

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Alessandra Michelangeli

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for European Studies (CefES); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology & Social Sciences (CISEPS)

Nicola Pontarollo

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Date Written: August 12, 2016

Abstract

This paper aims at assessing the contribution of ethnic minorities to the productivity of the main sectors of Italian provinces. To this end, we consider the first ten nationalities by numbers of regularised persons observed at the provincial level (NUTS-3) between 2003 and 2011. We use an empirical panel growth model with spatially augmented specifications, which allows to capture both the direct (marginal) and indirect (spillover) effects of each community on local productivity at the provincial level. Our findings show that two communities out of ten have a positive impact on economic performance of Italian provinces. Other foreign groups have significant effects only indirectly, meaning that these groups do not affect growth of provinces where they live, but the neighbouring provinces likely because of commuting.

Keywords: productivity growth; specialisation; spatial econometrics; foreigners

JEL Classification: R11; R12; R23

Suggested Citation

Michelangeli, Alessandra and Pontarollo, Nicola, Ethnic Minority Concentration: A Source of Productivity Growth for Italian Provinces? (August 12, 2016). University of Milan Bicocca Department of Economics, Management and Statistics Working Paper No. 349. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2822412 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2822412

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Nicola Pontarollo

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