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Productivity growth in Italy: a tale of a slow-motion change

Matteo Bugamelli (), Francesca Lotti (), Monica Amici (), Emanuela Ciapanna, Fabrizio Colonna (), Francesco D’Amuri (), Silvia Giacomelli (), Andrea Linarello (), Francesco Manaresi (), Giuliana Palumbo (), Filippo Scoccianti () and Enrico Sette
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Matteo Bugamelli: Bank of Italy
Monica Amici: Bank of Italy
Fabrizio Colonna: Bank of Italy
Francesco D’Amuri: Bank of Italy
Silvia Giacomelli: Bank of Italy
Francesco Manaresi: Bank of Italy
Giuliana Palumbo: Bank of Italy
Filippo Scoccianti: Bank of Italy

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Francesco D'Amuri ()

No 422, Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area

Abstract: Productivity is the main factor holding back long-term economic growth in Italy. Since the second half of the 1990s, productivity growth has been feeble both by historical standards and compared with the other main euro area countries. Understanding the reasons for such a performance and finding the most effective policy levers is crucial to increase Italy’s potential growth rate. Against this background, we provide a detailed analysis of the data and a critical review of the available empirical evidence to identify both the structural weaknesses limiting productivity growth and the strengths of the Italian productive system that may support it looking forward. Since the end of the 1990s and more intensively since the second half of 2011, the reform effort has been particularly effective in the regulation of product and labor markets and industrial policy. On other factors which are very relevant for productivity dynamics, the reform action has been less effective so far.

Keywords: productivity; growth; business dynamics; innovation; human capital; labor; finance; regulation; policies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D0 E0 F0 G0 H0 J08 K0 L0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eec, nep-eff, nep-fdg and nep-mac
Date: 2018-01
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