Railways 1871-1911

Published: 5 December 2018| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/d49gsk7yrt.1
Roberto Ricciuti


Data for the paper N. Pontarollo, R. Ricciuti (2018) Railways and manufacturing productivity in Italy after Unification. The political unification of Italy in 1861 led to the establishment of a single market with a single currency. Market integration was the economic outcome of this process. At the same time, the Kingdom of Italy started a large infrastructure project to spread railways all over the country. We find that railways played a positive effect on manufacturing productivity across the country over the period 1871-1911, without a differential effect along the North/South divide. Railways also had strong spillover effects in neighboring provinces.



Railway, Economic History, Italy