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A large body of theoretical and empirical literature points out that investments in vocational training are able to boost corporate productivity as well as economic growth. In confirmation of this, Italian firms lag behind in the international rankings of training provision and, at the same time, are suffering a long-lasting productivity decline that slows down GDP growth rates. Using data from INDACO 2009 and CVTS4, I show that additional investments in training could be able to reverse the situation by improving the product.
The analysis of Italian dualism is usually made by thinking of a one-dimensional gap. This paper aims to contribute to the debate by including in the analysis a range of divergences in various contexts of group life. The results show that regional inequalities are greater in citizen’s rights than in the economic and cultural sphere.