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The Costs of Inter-Firm Networks

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  • Alberto Zazzaro

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Scholars and economic observers suggest, almost unanimously, that inter-firm networks may possibly be a way to overcome the obstacles to the competitiveness of Italian industry represented by the small size of the firms. This paper points out that the same mechanism (i.e. the network) that favours cooperation among firms in achieving scale and scope economies and enjoying the benefits of agglomeration and information dissemination may have negative effects on agents inside and outside the network and decrease the static and dynamic efficiency of resource allocation.

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Article provided by Associazione Rossi Doria in its journal QA.

Volume (Year): (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0228

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Keywords: Inter-firm networks; Costs of cooperation; Public bad; Firms’ behaviour;

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  1. Domenico Scalera & Alberto Zazzaro, 2009. "Do Inter-Firm Networks Make Access to Finance Easier? Issues and Empirical Evidence," Mo.Fi.R. Working Papers 25, Money and Finance Research group (Mo.Fi.R.) - Univ. Politecnica Marche - Dept. Economic and Social Sciences.
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  3. Domenico SCALERA & Alberto ZAZZARO, 2010. "L'economia del Mezzogiorno. Nuova politica regionale, crisi globale e federalismo fiscale," Working Papers 337, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
  4. Alessandro Gambini & Emma Sarno & Alberto Zazzaro, 2012. "Composizione e struttura di rete tra le societa' quotate in Italia," Mo.Fi.R. Working Papers 63, Money and Finance Research group (Mo.Fi.R.) - Univ. Politecnica Marche - Dept. Economic and Social Sciences.
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