Italy : Selected Issues

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

February 15, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This Selected Issues paper applies a range of methods to assess Italy’s competitiveness gap versus other euro area members. All indicators point to a clear erosion of competitiveness in recent years, with related market share losses. Nonetheless, the estimated competitiveness gap, while appreciable, still remains quantitatively contained. The results suggest that the unwinding of the competitiveness gap will require reforms that boost productivity growth and continued wage moderation, as well as an adjustment by export firms in Italy.

Series:

Country Report No. 07/65

Subject(s):

English

Publication Date:

February 15, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451820003/1934-7685

Stock No:

1ITAEA2007002

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

67

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