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Economic Structure, Technology Diffusion and Convergence: The Case of the Italian Regions

Matteo Lanzafame ()

Studies in Economics from School of Economics, University of Kent

Abstract: Taking Italy as a case study, this paper investigates the link between economies' structural similarities and convergence. Specifically, treating technology as sector-specific and modelling technological spillovers as a positive function of the degree of similarity between economies' sectoral features, we propose a modified version of the Solow model and derive an "extended" convergence equation. The latter is then estimated by means of Panel Data procedures and data on the Italian regions over the 1970-1995 period. The results bring empirical support to our approach.

Keywords: Convergence; Technology Diffusion; Regional Growth; Italy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O40 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-10
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