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Internationalisation modes and determinants. The case of Italian automotive firms

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The aim of this paper is to study the characteristics of the internationalisation process and to identify its determinants in a representative sample of firms in the Italian automotive chain. The main findings of an econometric analysis based on micro-evidence are that: a) the firms engage in complex modes of internationalisation; b) the individual firm's characteristics play a significant role; c) the firms located in the province of Turin have a clear localisation advantage, a sort of an 'industrial district' effect.

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Paper provided by Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL) in its series Working Papers with number 200901.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 08 Jun 2008
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Handle: RePEc:mst:wpaper:200901

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Keywords: Internationalisation; Firm Behaviour; Automotive Industry; Qualitative Choice Models;

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