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Innovation and development after the earthquake in Emilia

Margherita Russo (), Paolo Silvestri (), Giovanni Bonifati (), Elisabetta Gualandri (), Francesco Pagliacci (), Anna Francesca Pattaro (), Alessia Pedrazzol1 (), Silvia Pergetti, Marco Ranuzzini (), Manuel Reverberi (), Giovanni Solinas () and Paola Vezzani ()

Center for the Analysis of Public Policies (CAPP) from Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Economia "Marco Biagi"

Abstract: The 2012 earthquake in Emilia-Romagna (Italy) has shaken up the collective understanding on the socioeconomic importance of a vast territory that generates almost 2% of Italian GDP. The area affected by the earthquake is characterized by the presence of important industrial and agricultural districts, and by good practices of local governance that are internationally renowned. Private and public buildings, factories, offices and retail shops, historical and cultural heritage sites have been severely damaged. Not only, but it set in motion transformations in the socio-economic system that might have unexpected consequences and that undermine the quick recovery of the local system: different agents, at different levels, taking individual and collective decisions, generate a cascade of changes that interact with its evolution path. Indeed, earthquakes pose challenges, but provide unprecedented opportunities: strategic decisions by economic and political agents, newly available financial resources, coordination or lack of coordination among main stakeholders, and so on. The following paper provides an overview of the first results of Energie Sisma Emilia research project: it aims at collecting and disseminating relevant knowledge and evidence in order to design policies. In particular, it identifies the agents propelling innovation processes, and analyses their strategies in ever-changing environment. The paper starts with a socio-economic analysis of the area struck by the earthquake, followed by the results of three of the focus groups conducted. Eventually, it illustrates a specific innovation: the introduction and implementation of the digital infrastructure “Mude”.

Keywords: earthquake and its socio-economic effects; innovation and complex systems dynamics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O14 O35 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: pages 35
Date: 2016-04
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