Andrea Mario Lavezzi

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In this paper we study the effects of the European Union regional policy on growth and convergence of productivity. We constructed a large database on Structural and Cohesion funds by gathering information on three programming periods: 1975-1988, 1989-1993, 1994-1999. On average, EU funding had a positive, but concave, effect on productivity growth.(More)
Endocrine disruptors are chemical substances that can interfere with the endocrine system. They include pesticides, metals, additives or contaminants in food, and personal care products. Pesticides are the only substances intentionally released into our environment to kill living things (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides). There is(More)
We show that the distribution dynamics of productivity in European regions displays polarization, i.e. it tends toward a twin-peaked distribution. We investigate the factors explaining this behavior with particular attention to sectoral dynamics. We document that the within-sector dynamics is heterogeneous in different respects: withinsector convergence in(More)
The theory that economic growth is explained by the degree of division of labor was one of the main contributions of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. Recently, this idea reappeared in the context of the New Growth Theory (NGT), in the form of a particular formal model, presented by Romer (1987), and discussed also in Romer (1989) and Barro and Sala-i-Martin(More)
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