The ratios of taxes and public expenditures, in the various Italian regions, to local Gdp changed substantially during the last century. One century ago the excess of expenditure over taxes was typical of non rural Regions (located in both North and South Italy); now that excess is typical of the Mezzogiorno Regions. However, the statistical data show that the difference in per capita Gdp between Northern and Southern Regions increased substantially during the 20th century.
Keywords: Tax and expenditure in regions, Different growth in regional incomes.
Jel Code: H710, R110