A New Approach for Measuring and Analysing Patterns of Regional Economic Growth: Empirical Analysis in Italy - This paper presents a new approach that measures and analyses the economic growth of regions in relation to a macro-system. The primary findings are that southern and central regions of Italy have different spatial patterns and magnitudes of relative economic growth in comparison with the North of Italy. More specifically, the morphology of the growth shows that several regions have a negative disproportionate economic growth (allometry) when compared to the North of Italy. These are important results for policy makers, who should balance these regional inequalities. In particular, economic and industrial policies should boost regional economic development through an increase in regional productivity, which is positively affected by R&D activities, human capital and infrastructures of neighbouring regions.
Keywords: Regional economic growth, regional inequalities, italian regions.
JEL classification: O10, O47, R11