Passive modernization? the new human development index and its components in Italy's regions (1871-2007)
Felice, Emanuele
Vasta, Michelangelo
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Unitat d'Història Econòmica

Imprint: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Unitat d'Història Econòmica 2012
Description: 53 p.
Abstract: The article presents and discusses estimates of social and economic indicators for Italy's regions in benchmark years roughly from Unification to the present day: life expectancy, education, GDP per capita at purchasing power parity, and the new Human Development Index (HDI). A broad interpretative hypothesis, based on the distinction between passive and active modernization, is proposed to account for the evolution of regional imbalances over the long-run. In the lack of active modernization, Southern Italy converged thanks to passive modernization, i. e. , State intervention: however, this was more effective in life expectancy, less successful in education, expensive and as a whole ineffective in GDP. As a consequence, convergence in the HDI occurred from the late XIX century to the 1970s, but came to a sudden halt in the last decades of the XX century.
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Language: Anglès
Series: Departament d'Economia i d'Història Econòmica. Unitat d'Història Econòmica. Documents de treball
Series: Documents de treball (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Unitat d'Història Econòmica) ; 2012_10
Document: workingPaper
Subject: Planificació regional ; Història ; 1871-2007 ; Itàlia ; Indicadors socials ; Indicadors econòmics

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