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Real Effective Exchange Rates determinants and growth: lessons from Italian regions

Silvia Calo' and Mariarosaria Comunale

No 10, Bank of Lithuania Discussion Paper Series from Bank of Lithuania

Abstract: In this paper we analyse the price competitiveness of the Italian regions by computing the Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) for each region, deflated by CPI and vis-à-vis the main partner countries. We use them to look for the medium-term determinants, finding significant heterogeneities in the role of government consumption and investment expenditure. Government consumption has an extremely negative effect on competitiveness in North-Eastern Italy, Southern Italy and Lazio. Investment plays a negative role especially in the North-West, while it can be positive for competitiveness in Lazio and Southern Italy. We also find that the transfer theory does not necessarily hold and it even behaves in the opposite direction in case of North-Eastern Italy and Lazio. Lastly, we show that an increase in the regional price competitiveness influences regional growth positively only in the long run and spillovers may play a role.

Keywords: Italian regions; government consumption; government investment; Real Effective Exchange Rate; growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E62 F31 F41 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
Date: 2019-01-15
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