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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 129, Issue 1, pp 337–363 | Cite as

Industrial Districts and Socio-economic Well-Being: An Investigation on the Italian Provinces Disparities

  • Claudio Di Berardino
  • Giuseppe Mauro
  • Davide Quaglione
  • Alessandro Sarra
Article

Abstract

This paper examines the territorial disparities between Italian provinces through an alternative measure (well-being composite index) as opposed to traditional ones (value added), in order to assess the possible industrial district (ID) effect on growth performance. The analysis shows that the ID effect is absent when considering (per capita) value added growth, which confirms recent empirical evidence, while it is significant when considering well-being. Furthermore, “highly ID provinces” show a relatively better performance in terms of population growth rates, which, combined with their better socio-economic conditions, sheds new light on the explanation of the persistence of Italian disparities and gives interesting insights for the design of sounder local policy measures.

Keywords

Well-being Industrial district effect Regional disparities Italian provinces 

JEL Classification

O18 I31 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Di Berardino
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Mauro
    • 1
  • Davide Quaglione
    • 2
  • Alessandro Sarra
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Management and Business AdministrationG. d’Annunzio University of Chieti and PescaraPescaraItaly
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsG. d’Annunzio University of Chieti and PescaraPescaraItaly

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