Mediterranean Economies 2020 presentation

edited by Salvatore Capasso and Giovanni Canitano

Naples, Friday 5 March 2021, 10.00 a.m.

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Factor mobility as a driver of prosperity.

Factors mobility is the market’s deep soul and it is the engine that allows each economic system to grow and flourish. Pushed by endogenous forces, when they are free to move, factors of production flow towards higher return investments with the final result to spur productivity and growth. And the greater are returns gaps, the greater is their impact in terms of productivity.

The Mediterranean is an area of large inequalities and of major economic and demographic differences, not only between North and South shores, but also within countries and between regions. Here, more than elsewhere, lack of factors mobility undermines growth and development in the entire area.

The Mediterannean Economies 2020 is a collection of essays that analyse the nature and the effects of factors mobility in the Mediterranean. In particular, the collection focuses on the socio-economic impact of human capital mobility in the labour market and the specific features of Mediterranean migrations. Moreover, the book also offers new analyses on some important aspects of goods mobility: the relevance of logistics and ports infrastructures in the Mediterranean and the dynamics of trades in the basin in the last years.

The Mediterranean Economies 2020 is the follow-up of the long lived Rapporto sulle Economie del Mediterraneo, and as such it is meant to provide an annual overview of the political and economic conditions in the area. This year, despite being focused on mobility, this collection of studies also offers an account of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economies of the basin, and traces the possible scenarios for recovery.    




Gilberto Corbellini
Director of the Department of Human and Social Sciences, Cultural Heritage of the National Research Council (CNR-DSU)

Salvatore Capasso
Director of the Institute for Studies on the Mediterranean of the National Research Council (CNR-ISMed)


Marco Ferrazzoli
Journalist and Head of the CNR Press Office


Salvatore Capasso
Director of CNR-ISMed

Michele Colucci
Researcher CNR-ISMed

Claudio De Vincenti
Professor of Political Economy University of Rome "La Sapienza"

Giovanni Tria
Professor of Political Economy University of Rome "Tor Vergata"

Authors will be present


The event is open to the public



Salvatore Capasso e Giovanni Canitano



Institute for Studies on the Mediterranean of the National Research Council (CNR-ISMed)

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