Mediterranean Economies 2020
edited by Salvatore Capasso and Giovanni Canitano

Mediterranean Economies 2020, published by il Mulino, is now available.

Since 2003 the Rapporto sulle Economie del Mediterraneo (Mediterranean Economies) has provided a measured and critical account of the main economic and social aspects of Mediterranean economies. This year, for the first time, the Report changes its look and is published in English with the aim of reaching a wider audience, and aspiring to be a truly «Mediterranean» publication.

Hence, this publication, Mediterranean Economies 2020, inherits a long-standing tradition of monitoring the Mediterranean basin, which is an extremely diverse area in terms of cultures, economies and social structures, but also an area rich in economic opportunities.




Factors mobility as a source 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.    



by Salvatore Capasso and Giovanni Canitano

Regions of the Mediterranean

  1. The Middle East and North Africa: ten years of turmoil
    by Roberto Aliboni, Francesca Caruso and Andrea Dessì
  2. Mediterranean economies in the time of COVID: risks, policies and growth perspectives
    by Salvatore Capasso and Salvatore Ciucci
  3. Elements interfering with Mediterranean trade flows in the new millennium: the Coronavirus pandemic
    by Maria Rosaria Carli 
  4. Pro-trade effects and knowledge diffusion through migration between MENA and the EU
    by Anna Maria Ferragina, Stefano Iandolo and Erol Taymaz
  5. Trans-Mediterranean mobility for Italian firms: incentives, evidence and practice
    by Luca Forte and Giovanni Canitano
  6. The contribution of mobility systems to efficiency and sustainability of Mediterranean metropolitan systems
    by Rosaria Battarra and Giuseppe Mazzeo
  7. The elderly and urban accessibility before and during the COVID-19 lockdown: a comparative analysis of Mediterranean cities with a focus on Naples and Milan
    by Gerardo Carpentieri, Carmela Gargiulo and Carmen Guida
  8. Sustainable ports for a Mediterranean blue economy
    by Giuseppe Pace
  9. Emerging infectious diseases and planetary boundaries: a perspective from the Mediterranean region
    by Desirée A.L. Quagliarotti
  10. Mediterranean Europe: internal mobility and international migration
    by Michele Colucci and Stefano Gallo
  11. Human mobility and structural socio-economic changes: the case of Moldovan female migrants in Italy
    by Immacolata Caruso and Bruno Venditto
  12. Repatriation of Syrian refugees, conditions of return and implications for post-conflict transition: an overview
    by Samir Makdisi 
  13. Syrian refugees in Turkey: from welcome to return
    by Cosimo Pica 

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