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The role of knowledge-based supply specialisation for competitiveness: A spatial econometric approach

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  • Daria Ciriaci
  • Daniela Palma

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This paper aims to assess to what extent deterioration of Italy's trade competitiveness in manufacturing over the decade 1993-2004 has been determined by the evolution of localised comparative advantages in knowledge based industries. Stressing Kaldor's idea of dynamic increasing returns in manufacturing industries, we adopted a spatial econometric approach in order to account for the role of geographical proximity in facilitating the exchange of knowledge flows. We estimated a canonical regional export demand function for the 103 NUTS 3 explicitly introducing specialization in high-tech goods. Export competitiveness is shown to be deeply rooted at the local level with the role of knowledge-based competitiveness declining in the centre and north and world demand remaining the only engine of export growth in the south. Copyright (c) 2008 the author(s). Journal compilation (c) 2008 RSAI.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Papers in Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 87 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (08)
Pages: 453-475

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  1. Viego, Valentina, 2010. "Rendimientos crecientes, costos de transporte, eslabonamientos verticales y asimetrías regionales persistentes
    [Increasing returns, transport costs, vertical linkages and persistent regional inequ
    ," MPRA Paper 26881, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 04 Aug 2010.
  2. Ciriaci, Daria & Palma, Daniela, 2010. "Geography, environmental efficiency and Italian economic growth: a spatially-adapted Environmental Kuznets Curve," MPRA Paper 22899, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Alvarado, Rafael, 2011. "Measuring the competitiveness of the provinces of Ecuador," MPRA Paper 34244, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Daria Ciriaci & Daniela Palma, 2012. "To what extent are knowledge-intensive business services contributing to manufacturing? A subsystem analysis," JRC-IPTS Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation, Institute of Prospective Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre 2012-02, Institute of Prospective Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre.
  5. Andrea Cammelli, 2012. "Consolidamento ed eterogeneità nelle esperienze di studio dei laureati italiani," Working Papers, AlmaLaurea Inter-University Consortium 49, AlmaLaurea Inter-University Consortium.

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