This paper analyzes the relationship between external constraint and economic growth in Italy from 1861 to 2000. In particular, it investigates whether the persistent current account deficits in the 1861-1913 years constrained output growth. To this aim it studies the genesis of the current account fluctuations, that is whether these were generated by the dynamics of the GDP or by variations in capital inflows. Using integration and co-integration analysis and the Granger causality testing, it shows that in the long run Italy’s external position is sustainable: the Italian economy seems to have used the external deficits (surpluses) to smooth its aggregate consumption. Moreover in the shorter 1861-1913 sub-period, the persistent current account deficits, financed by foreign capital inflows, do not seem to have curbed economic growth. JEL

External constraint and economic growth in Italy: 1861-2000 / Pistoresi, Barbara; Rinaldi, Alberto. - ELETTRONICO. - (2013), pp. 1-19. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 9th BETA Workshop in Historical Economics. New Data, Methods and Theories in Cliometrics tenutosi a Strasbourg nel 3-4 May 2013.

External constraint and economic growth in Italy: 1861-2000

PISTORESI, Barbara;RINALDI, Alberto
2013

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This paper analyzes the relationship between external constraint and economic growth in Italy from 1861 to 2000. In particular, it investigates whether the persistent current account deficits in the 1861-1913 years constrained output growth. To this aim it studies the genesis of the current account fluctuations, that is whether these were generated by the dynamics of the GDP or by variations in capital inflows. Using integration and co-integration analysis and the Granger causality testing, it shows that in the long run Italy’s external position is sustainable: the Italian economy seems to have used the external deficits (surpluses) to smooth its aggregate consumption. Moreover in the shorter 1861-1913 sub-period, the persistent current account deficits, financed by foreign capital inflows, do not seem to have curbed economic growth. JEL
9th BETA Workshop in Historical Economics. New Data, Methods and Theories in Cliometrics
Strasbourg
3-4 May 2013
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Pistoresi, Barbara; Rinaldi, Alberto
External constraint and economic growth in Italy: 1861-2000 / Pistoresi, Barbara; Rinaldi, Alberto. - ELETTRONICO. - (2013), pp. 1-19. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 9th BETA Workshop in Historical Economics. New Data, Methods and Theories in Cliometrics tenutosi a Strasbourg nel 3-4 May 2013.
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