Intagible assets and local economic performance

Luisa Gagliardi
The thesis is aimed at the empirical investigation of the role of intangible assets, in particular human and social capital, as relevant determinants of local economic performances. Traditional theories of economic growth, focusing on the role of physical capital as fundamental engine of economic growth, have failed to explain much of the differences in the level of income and development among regions and countries. The direct consequence of this evidence was the increasing effort in...