Policies for local development: An evaluation of Italy's “Patti Territoriali”☆

Publication year: 2012
Source: Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 42, Issues 1-2, January 2012, Pages 15-26

Antonio, Accetturo , Guido, de Blasio

In Italy, Patti Territoriali (Territorial Pacts, TPs) are one of the most important government sponsored programs aimed at fostering growth in disadvantaged areas. A TP is an agreement between local governments and representatives of civil society (mainly entrepreneurs and trade unions) of a number of neighboring municipalities, which is subsequently endorsed by the central government. The agreement consists of a fully-fledged development plan, which includes a series of private and public investments for which public funding is provided. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of TPs by comparing the economic performance – in terms of employment and number of plants –…

 Research Highlights: ► Local development. ► Public policies. ► Program Evaluation.