Vania Licio

Vania Licio
Università degli Studi di Siena | UNISI · Department of Economics and Statistics

PhD in Economics
Historical energy sources and role on past economic outcomes/ Effect of transport infrastructure on current development


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Historical energy sources and role on past economic outcomes / Effect of transport infrastructure on current development
October 2014 - September 2015
Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS)
Field of study
  • Economics
January 2014 - April 2017


Publications (6)
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The paper gives evidence of the causal effect of infrastructure on trade costs, for the 107 Italian provinces (NUTS3), testing whether differences in trade costs between provinces today can be traced back to the structure of the historical Roman road network. By constructing a specific measure of Roman road intensity for each Italian province and r...
This paper explores the export activities of international firms from seven European countries with a special focus on the neighbourhoods of Europe, where 16 countries have been included in the neighbouring policy. Using a detailed dataset of the internationalisation activities of nearly 15,000 companies, we focus on the best export destinations of...
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An integrated and widespread road system, like the one built during the Roman Empire in Italy, plays an important role today in facilitating the construction of new infrastructure. This paper investigates the historical path of Roman roads as main determinant of both motorways and railways in the country. The empirical analysis shows how the modern...
In this paper we construct a composite index that measures insularity for countries that are islands and for those that have islands. By collecting available physical data for all islands in the world, be they states or regions, we provide a novel data set of insularity along different dimensions. Three of these contribute to making insularity more...
This paper introduces a new measure of Roman roads that has been constructed for the Italian territory. The measure computes the length in kilometers of Roman roads at different administrative and territorial levels (NUTS, Local Labor Systems, grid cells), and contributes to the literature on historical infrastructures, providing a new precise meas...
It has been twenty years since a new literature emerged. Nunn (2009) and three volumes edited by Michalopoulos and Papaioannou (2017) represent the most complete surveys on this `new economic history' literature. By inserting into this framework, the paper has a twofold aim. On the one hand, it provides a summary of the empirical works that test th...


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