Economy and Industry in Campania. Which Policy for Lasting Growth?
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After a triennium (2015-2017) of relative growth, the economy of Campania (and the Mezzogiorno) has significantly slowed down, and the gap with Centre-North has increased again. Thus, as in the past, the economic, institutional, social, and political aspects of the structural fragility characterizing the region have again made the positive short-term conjuncture little effective in triggering a real and durable process of convergence towards the more developed Centre-Northern regions. This paper aims to single out the strengths and weaknesses in the industrial structure of the region by focusing specifically on firm demography; industrial specialization; firm productivity, competitiveness, and financial conditions; the propensity to innovation and international openness. Hingeing on the results of this analysis, features and targets for suitable policy measures are proposed, aimed at promoting a faster pace in the near-future development of Campania and the Mezzogiorno in order to overcome their long-lasting gap with Centre-Northern Italy and other European regions.
keywordsCampania, Mezzogiorno, Industry, Growth, Policies.
Authors biographyCarmelo Petraglia, Dipartimento di Matematica, Informatica ed Economia, Università degli Studi della Basilicata. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domenico Scalera, Dipartimento di Diritto, Economia, Management e Metodi quantitativi, Università degli Studi del Sannio. Email: email@example.com.
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