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Unas realidades ignoradas: de Marshall a Becattini
[The industrial district: from Marshall to Becattini]

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  • Sforzi, Fabio

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This paper examines how the concept of industrial district, widely recognised as an Italian construct, took shape. It assesses to what extent the concept was tailored to fit the peculiar trait of the Italian economic development, as is claimed by some international authors, and to what extent it is the product of an original interpretation of the thought of Alfred Marshall. The concept of industrial district is probably the most important and is certainly best-known idea of Giacomo Becattini, the Italian economist thanks to whom Marshall has been brought back to the collective memory of economists. Industrial district constitutes a model of production organised by local communities in order to produce goods to meet and steer market wants, in Italy and other countries, too. But this paper contends that without the work of Becattini in tracing the ideological foundations of Marshall’s economic thought, the industrial district would probably today be ignored.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 40059.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published in Mediterráneo Económico No. 13.Ejempl(2008): pp. 43-54
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:40059

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Keywords: Giacomo Becattini; industrial district; cluster; genesis and spread of economic ideas;

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  1. Rafael Boix & Vittorio Galleto, 2005. "Sistemas Locales de Trabajo y Distritos Industriales Marshallianos en España," Working Papers wpdea0514, Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona.
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