Dinamiche di lungo periodo della disuguaglianza in Italia settentrionale: una nota di ricerca

Working paper n°: 71

Unit: Population Dynamics and Health

Author(s): Guido Alfani, Matteo Di Tullio

Year: 2015

ABSTRACT This research note presents and compares some first findings obtained by the project EINITE-Economic Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800. The main aim of the project is to investigate long-term trends in economic inequality in Italy and in Europe. Here we compare previously published data for Piedmont with some early findings for Lombardy and Veneto, in order to provide a broad picture of northern Italian inequality. The period we cover is particularly long (13th–early 19th centuries) for Piedmont, while for Lombardy and Veneto a somewhat shorter period is considered (15th–18th centuries). We provide an in-depth analysis of the archival sources usable to study long-term changes in economic inequality in northern Italy, and we provide some key measures of inequality over time (Gini indexes, top percentiles). We find evidence of a tendency for Italian inequality to increase almost everywhere and almost continuously over time, since about 1400 or 1450, confirming what has been suggested by previous studies that focused on Piedmont and Tuscany.

Guido Alfani

Bocconi University, Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy


Matteo Di Tullio

Bocconi University, Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy


Keywords: Economic inequality; wealth concentration; poverty; wealth; middle ages; early modern period; northern Italy; Republic of Venice; Sabaudian State; State of Milan; Piedmont; Lombardy; Veneto


The paper may be downloaded here.












Last updated 13 July 2015 - 11:04:27