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A spatial multilevel analysis of Italian SMEs Productivity

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  • Giorgio Fazio
  • Davide Piacentino

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In this paper, we adapt multilevel analysis methods to investigate the spatial variability of SMEs productivity across the Italian territory, and account for differences in the socio-economic context. Our results suggest that to properly capture the variability of the data, it is important to allow for both spatial mean and slope effects. Social decay has the expected negative impact. However, while this effect is larger on firms with smaller capital intensity, firms with higher capital intensity seem to be less affected by geography. Greater territorial heterogeneity emerges among those firms with lower capital to labour ratios.

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Paper provided by Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow in its series Working Papers with number 2009_31.

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Handle: RePEc:gla:glaewp:2009_31

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Keywords: Firm heterogeneity; Spatial variability; Socio-economic Context; Multilevel Analysis;

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  1. A. Lasagni & A. Nifo & G. Vecchione, 2012. "Firm productivity and institutional quality. Evidence from Italian industry," Economics Department Working Papers 2012-EP07, Department of Economics, Parma University (Italy).
  2. Aiello, Francesco & Pupo, Valeria & Ricotta, Fernand, 2011. "Explaining TFP at firm level in Italy. Does location matter?," MPRA Paper 35656, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Aiello, Francesco & Pupo, Valeria & Ricotta, Fernanda, 2013. "Firm heterogeneity in TFP, sectoral innovation and geography. Evidence from Italy," MPRA Paper 48573, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Aiello, Francesco & Ricotta, Fernanda, 2014. "Firm heterogeneity in productivity across Europe. What explains what?," MPRA Paper 56222, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Martin Srholec & Pavla ?í?alová, 2013. "Does the local milieu matter for innovation? Multilevel evidence from the Czech Republic," ERSA conference papers ersa13p540, European Regional Science Association.
  6. Giuseppe Espa & Danila Filipponi & Diego Giuliani & Davide Piacentino, 2013. "A spatial and sectoral analysis of firm demography in Italy," DEM Discussion Papers 2013/07, Department of Economics and Management.

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