The Eurozone's Achilles heel: Reassessing Italy's long decline in the context of European integration and globalization
Philipp Heimberger and
No 238, Working Papers in Public Economics from University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Economics and Law
This paper analyzes how Italy's decades-long decline turned the country into the Eurozone's Achilles heel, the most vulnerable spot of the common currency. We use a new structuralist framework to synthesize different (competing) supply-side and demand-side explanations. We argue that structural domestic factors that were already present in the decades after World War II ('original sins') â€“ low-cost competition and labour fragmentation, many small firms linked to low innovation, and a deep territorial divide â€“ interacted with the policy constraints brought about by globalization and European integration to exacerbate Italy's decline vis-Ã -vis its large Eurozone peers.
Keywords: Italy; decline; Eurozone; crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F02 F15 F45 F55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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