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Why Should Regional Agricultural Productivity Growth Converge? Evidence from Italian Regions

Roberto Esposti ()

No 319, Working Papers from Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali

Abstract: The paper analyses agricultural TFP growth across Italian regions during the 1952-2002 period, and aims at identifying those factors that favour or hinder regional agricultural TFP growth convergence. Among them, idiosyncratic, R&D-spillover and learning components are included. Of major relevance is whether regions, despite their inescapable heterogeneity, tend to share common technological improvements, that is, to move along the same productivity growth rate TFP growth decomposition ultimately allows attributing observed productivity performance to convergence and divergence forces. Appropriate testing and estimation procedures are adopted to take into account panel unitroot issues and cross-sectional dependence.

Keywords: TFP growth; convergence; panel data; spillover; unit root (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 O18 Q10 Q16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-eff and nep-geo
Date: 2008-04
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