Economy and Development in Calabria: The Weak Development Hypothesis - Domenico Marino, Domenico Tebala - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Rivista internazionale di Scienze Sociali

Economy and Development in Calabria: The Weak Development Hypothesis

digital Economy and Development in Calabria:
The Weak Development Hypothesis
Article
journal RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI
issue RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2021 - 2
title Economy and Development in Calabria: The Weak Development Hypothesis
authors
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 06-2021
doi 10.26350/000518_000068
issn 0035-676X (print) | 1827-7918 (digital)
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The Calabrian economy is best described by the paradigm of “weak development”, meaning that the region’s economic system is unable to fully take advantage of periods of economic expansion to bridge  the gap with more developed regions and is not equipped to cope successfully with periods of recession. The reasons for the “weak development” of Calabria can be attributed, in general, to external  diseconomies. We analyse these external diseconomies to obtain an overview of the causes that have historically led to the development differential between Calabria and Italy. In this scenario, a type of  “compensatory” or “add-on” regional development policy ends up accentuating the differences between regions. Development policy should instead operate with minimal interventions to create strong  connections between economic players and combine production activities with services to favour the servitization that can influence the “weak” factors within the economic system and stimulate innovation and competitiveness.

keywords

Calabria, Mezzogiorno, Regional Development, Regional Policy.

Authors biography

Domenico Marino, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria. Email: dmarino@unirc.it.
Domenico Tebala, ISTAT. Email: tebala@istat.it.

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