The distribution of agricultural funds towards undeveloped areas: evidence from Italy
Alessandro Manello and
Sara Pavone ()
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Sara Pavone: Ceris - Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth, Moncalieri (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
The present working paper aims analyses efficiency and productivity growth of agricultural production in Italy. Appling a recent tool from environmental management field, the Directional Distance Function (DDF), global performance indicators has been estimated for 102 Italian provinces considering both quantities produced and emissions of ammonia, from fertilizers usage, as undesirable output. Therefore, productivity enhancements can come from the contraction of pollution and from the expansion of desirable outputs, in this case agricultural products. Our shows that huge differences among Italian macro emerge by considering both efficiency and productivity dynamics. This evidence is interpreted in light the amount of public fund distributed by Rural Development Programs over the period 2000-2006 and our findings suggest that a larger amount of resources were distributed to more disadvantaged areas. Then we can conclude that the flows of public fund seems to follow the right direction, highlighting interesting policy implications for future actions
Keywords: rural development; agricultural performance; productivity growth; public funds. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 O47 Q18 Q28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19 pages
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