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“Studi e Ricerche per il Mezzogiorno” (SRM) is a Center for Economic Studies and Researches whose objective is to develop analysis on Italian regional economy in the European and Mediterranean perspective, with a special focus on Southern Italy’s economic, entrepreneurial and social tissue.  Thanks to our studies, published and available for business and academic community, we contribute to the dissemination of the economic knowledge and culture and to create an added value.

We have also activated two permanent observatories: the “Mediterranean Observatory” and “Maritime Economy”,  as Italy, and its Southern regions in particular, act as a natural economic and logistics bridge between Continental Europe and the Mediterranean countries.



Our mission
SRM produces for its shareholders and offer to the business and academic community detailed economic studies and analysis with the aim to improve the knowledge of Italian economy, with a special emphasis on South Regions and Mediterranean Area. Macroeconomics, infrastructure, entrepreneurship, public finance and the non-profit economy are the main topics.

SRM activities are divided into three intervention areas:

  • study and applied research activities on economic topics referred to Southern Italy, with the aim to provide useful support tools for the territory knowledge in the interest of its shareholders;
  • cultural promotion activities, prevailingly in the economic field, as a tool for growth for public and private enterprises;
  • services in favour of public and private bodies referred to the territory development.


Hot topics

On the basis of the guidelines established by the SRM Management Board, the topics of interest can be summarized in three research areas:

Business Economy and Non Profit Sector
SRM studies include: enterprise economic dynamics; macroeconomics scenarios; entrepreneurship, SMEs internationalization, with a particular eye on the Southern Italy.  Non Profit economy is also a permanent field of analysis.

Maritime & Mediterranean Economy
SRM conducts researches and draft reports on Mediterranean and Maritime economic dynamics. Particularly, with the Permanent Observatory on the Mediterranean Economy, SRM systematically studies trade and the economic inter-exchange dynamics between Italy/Southern Italy and Mediterranean countries; with the Permanent Observatory on the Maritime Economy  SRM monitors the economic phenomena regarding the maritime and logistics industry.



As a result of its study and research activity, SRM publishes three different kinds of publishing products: periodical reports, monographic researches and reviews.

Periodical reports: SRM publishes three annual reports realized in cooperation with other research centers: the “Territorial Public Finance Report”, together with IPRES, IRES, IRPET, Eupolis Lombardia and Liguria Ricerche; the “Internationalization Report”, in collaboration with the Researches Department of Bank Intesa Sanpaolo. Moreover, SRM publishes  the six-monthly report entitled “Check-up Mezzogiorno”, together with Confindustria Mezzogiorno. Since 2012 SRM published the “Osservatorio Giovani Imprenditori”.

Monographic researches: Since 2003 SRM has developed an intense activity of publication of researches on topics connected with the analysis and monitoring of Southern Italy’s territory: infrastructures, public finance, entrepreneurship and non-profit sector.

Reviews: Since 2004 SRM has published the international review entitled “Rassegna Economica”, founded in 1931 by Banco di Napoli. Since 1993 it has published the two-monthly review entitled “Dossier Unione Europea” whose aim is to monitor the European policies and their impact on Southern Italy’s economy. A newly review is the “Quaderni di Economia Sociale”: a six monthly review edited by SRM and Fondazione con il Sud in cooperation with Banca Prossima (Intesa Sanpaolo Group); it is dedicated to solidarity, non-profit organizations and civic participation.

Moreover, SRM, in the framework of the Observatory on Southern Italy’s Economy, publishes the online three-monthly Statistical Report on Southern Italy’s Economy (including Lazio and Rome Region). The Report provides detailed statistical information related to regional economic trends.

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