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Specializzazione produttiva e crescita: un’analisi mediante indicatori

Federico Boffa (), Stefano Bolatto and Giovanni Zanetti ()
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Giovanni Zanetti: Ceris - Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth, Moncalieri (Turin), Italy, University of Turin, Italy

CERIS Working Paper from Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY -NOW- Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY

Abstract: The paper analyzes the evolution of the trade specialization patterns in Italy and its main trade partners (France, Germany, and the United States). In the methodological section we discuss the effectiveness of the Lafay index as an indicator of specialization. We then propose some modifications and integrations to the original index, so as to capture specific aspects of the comparative advantages. In the empirical part, we discuss the implications emerging from the application of the indexes. It confirms the specialization of the Italian manufacturing in low-tech sectors; furthermore, it shows that, differently than other countries, Italy specializes in sectors with stagnating productivity and little drive to globalization.

Keywords: Specializzazione produttiva; Indice di Lafay (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L16 D24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2009-06
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