ITALY’S NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE: Patterns and drivers of regional income inequality, 1871-2001
- 28 Mar 2015
New research presents the first reliable estimates of Italy’s regional GDP over the past century and more. Among the findings of the study by Emanuele Felice, presented at the Economic History Society’s 2015 annual conference, is that in the second half of the twentieth century, the North-East and the centre of the country converged towards the North-West, while Southern Italy lagged behind. As a consequence, Italy is now divided into two halves: the Centre-North and the South.