Quaderni di Dipartimento, EPMQ, Università degli Studi di Pavia 172
This paper tests for the existence of neoclassical and/or technological catching up between the Italian regions in the last three decades. The tests are performed by means of a modified b-convergence equation and of a model based on the decomposition of output growth. The results imply that while the neoclassical convergence mechanism occurred, the technological one failed. The paper also provides a possible explanation for these results and analyses their policy implications, suggesting that a complete convergence between the Italian regions may be achieved only by promoting technological transfers and by increasing research expenditure in backward regions.