Thearticle presents and discusses estimates of social and economic indicators for Italy and its regions in benchmark years roughly fromUnification to the present day: life expectancy, education, gross domestic product (GDP) per capita at purchasing power parity, and the new Human Development Index (HDI).Abroad interpretative hypothesis, based on the distinction between “active” and “passive” modernization, is proposed to account for the evolution of regional imbalances. In the lack of active modernization, Southern Italy converged thanks to passive modernization. However, this was more effective in life expectancy, less successful in education, expensive, and as awhole ineffective inGDP.As a consequence, convergence in theHDIoccurred fromthe late nineteenth century to the 1970s, but came to a sudden halt in the last decades of the twentieth century.
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|Titolo:||Passive Modernization? The new Human Development Index and its components in Italy’s regions (1871-2007)|
|Citazione:||Felice, E., & Vasta, M. (2015). Passive Modernization? The new Human Development Index and its components in Italy’s regions (1871-2007). EUROPEAN REVIEW OF ECONOMIC HISTORY, 19(1), 44-66.|
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