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Smart Regions in the Italian Context. From a Theoretical to an Empirical Framework

Version 1 : Received: 18 October 2021 / Approved: 19 October 2021 / Online: 19 October 2021 (11:46:03 CEST)

How to cite: Cialfi, D. Smart Regions in the Italian Context. From a Theoretical to an Empirical Framework. Preprints 2021, 2021100271 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0271.v1). Cialfi, D. Smart Regions in the Italian Context. From a Theoretical to an Empirical Framework. Preprints 2021, 2021100271 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0271.v1).

Abstract

The present study aims to examine the role the social and digital infrastructures might have during the building process of the Smart Regions in the Italian context. Within this framework, it is possible to identify some essential research questions, such as why the same regions are growing faster than the other and which type of effects could be generated from the different connectivity between the regions. Since the Smart Region concept is still composed of technical reports, pilot projects and experiences from a limited number of cities on the international stage, this work it is tried to use a new approach, applying either a neuronal model, the Self-Organizing Maps, and the multivariate regression approach, to extrapolate the existence of possible future conditions for the rising of Smart Regions in Italy, studying the evolution of the used database during the period 2005 – 2016. From the analysis what emerged is that the only bridging social capital dimension, empirically speaking, feed the regional innovation growth because the structure of social relationship facilitates interactions across social, political and economic agents; but there are institutional deficits, most pronounced in Italy and other European countries.

Keywords

smart regions; social capital; ICT; neural network; regional performance; Italy

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Econometrics & Statistics

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