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Determinants of Total Factor Productivity in the Italian Regions

Guido Ascari () and Valeria Di Cosmo ()

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Abstract: This paper investigates the determinants of TFP for Italian regions. We find strong evidence in favour of the factors commonly suggested by the theoretical literature. In particular, R&D expenditures and the number of researchers are positively related to regional TFP. Moreover, human capital is an important determinant of TFP. Finally, we find a strong difference between Northern and Southern regions, particularly regarding the effect of research activity and social capital. Our results are robust across different estimation methods.

Keywords: Total factor productivity; Italian regions; panel data; human capital; social capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O47 C23 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eff, nep-geo, nep-hrm, nep-ino and nep-soc
Date: 2005-11-08
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 26. University of Pavia, Department of Economics, Working Paper # 170 (12-04)
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