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The origins of Made in Spain fashion. The competitive advantage of the textile, apparel and footwear districts since the Golden Age

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  • Jordi Catalan
  • Ramon Ramon-Munoz

    (Universitat de Barcelona)

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This paper explores the sources of competitive advantage of the Spanish export industrial districts that specialised in textile, apparel and footwear products. It shows that most of the nowadays outstanding Spanish firms in fashion-related international markets emerged from 1980s districts. Using a new database, the paper concludes that by then there were as many neo-Marshallian exporting districts dominated by small firms as hub-firm districts coordinated by medium-large companies. This probably allowed the latter to combine the advantages derived from Marshallian external economies (i.e. non-codified knowledge, subsidiary industries and specialized labour force) with those connected to leading firms organizational capabilities.

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Paper provided by Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 265.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:bar:bedcje:2011265

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