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The Machine Tool Industry in Italy: Industrial Innovations and Performances

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  • Fabio Campanini

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    (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

  • Serena Costa

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    (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

  • Paolo Rizzi

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    (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

Abstract

The machine tool industry has a leading role in the Italian manufacturing system, above all in Northern Italy. This industrial branch is a strategic intermediate point in many manufacture dies, with an average innovation intensity higher than that of many other industrial branches. This work investigates if and in which way the innovation and the R&D processes carried out in the sector firms affect their productivity. We built a significant sample, which answered a questionnaire based on the CIS (Community Innovation Survey). Also a regional geographic dimension is used, to test the presence of specific local effects. Results show a positive and strong contribution from human capital to productivity, while, in the short term, physical capital have a negative impact, a result probably influenced by the economic crisis.

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Paper provided by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE) in its series DISCE - Quaderni del Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali with number dises1391.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: May 2013
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Publication status: Published in Review of Economics, Month aaaa, pages nn1-nn2
Handle: RePEc:ctc:serie2:dises1391

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Keywords: Innovation; Machine tool industry; Firm productivity; Regions.;

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