Italian Forum 2016 – The Italian North-South Divide in a European Perspective


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Description of the Event

The recent great recession has exacerbated regional differences across Europe, leading to growing economic, social and cultural fractures in several countries: one of the most emblematic examples is represented by Italy’s South, which continues to fall behind the country’s rich North. In a Forum spanning two evenings, through the interaction of high-profile speakers, we aim to shed light on the causes, effects and potential solutions to this great divide and use Italy as a case study to investigate the divisions arising in many other European countries.

Recordings of the Event

Day 1

Day 2

Concept and Creation

The Forum features two panels:

  • Culture, Human Capital & Economic Development – This panel will explore the current situation between the North and South with regards to the development and flow of human capital, and how this can stimulate, or inhibit, economic development and growth. It will also explore how culture, human capital and economic development are all intertwined in the ructions between the two sides of the Italian nation.
  • Divided We Stand: Regional Imbalances over the Long Run – This panel will look at the historical situation of regional imbalances in the Italian peninsula, analysing how the status quo has emerged, and how long-run factors have shaped the regional imbalances that currently exist in Italy. It will also look at how future policy can be directed in order to reformulate the regional equalities that have historically existed.

The suggested hashtag for the Italian Forum is #lseitalianforum.

Our Programme

WEDNESDAY, 23 MARCH 2016 7.00-8.30 PM 

Welcome and Introduction – Angelo Martelli, President of the LSE Italian Society

Opening Remarks – Marco Delogu, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of London

Panel I – Culture, Human Capital & Economic Development

  • Luigi Guiso, Axa Professor of Household Finance and Insurance EIEF
  • Orazio Attanasio, Jeremy Bentham Professor & Head of Department of Economics UCL

 

THURSDAY, 24 MARCH 2016 7.00-8.30 PM

Panel II – Divided We Stand: Regional Imbalances over the Long Run

  • Emanuele Felice, Associate Professor University “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara
  • Joan Ramon Roses, Professor of Economic History LSE

Closing Remarks – Vincenzo Celeste, Deputy Head of Mission at the Italian Embassy in London

Cocktail Reception (venue confirmed to registered participants only)

 

Our Panelists

Culture, Human Capital & Economic Development

Divided We Stand: Regional Imbalances over the Long Run

Luigi Guiso 

12596436_10209053946932387_1768088844_nAXA Professor of Household Finance and Insurance (EIEF)

Emanuele Felice

FeliceAssociate Professor (University “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara)

Orazio Attanasio

AttanasioJeremy Bentham Professor & Head of Department of Economics (UCL)

Joan Ramon Roses

Ramon RosesProfessor of Economic History (LSE)