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Information Structure and Behaviour of a Textile Industrial District


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  • Guido Fioretti

    (IASG and ICER)


This article presents a model of the structure of the information flows that underlie the creation of production chains between thousands of small textile firms located in Prato, central Italy. Contrary to most textile industry of western Europe and north America, Prato did not die out once average salaries in the region rose towards the world's highest. The reason is that Prato was able to switch from a competitive advantage based on low prices to a competitive advantage based on the aesthetical features and variety of textiles. Analysis of the structure of production chains can explain the performance of this distributed production system throughout its evolution. The model reconstructs interactions of ten types of Pratese firms from 1946 to 1993 on a scale 1:1.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Urban/Regional with number 0207003.

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Date of creation: 13 Aug 2002
Date of revision: 13 Aug 2002
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpur:0207003

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Keywords: Regional economics; industrial districts; organization of production;

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  1. Guido Fioretti, 2002. "Individual Contacts, Collective Patterns - Prato 1975-97, a Story of Interactions," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 02-109/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  2. Fioretti, Guido, 2010. "Trajectories in Physical Space out of Communications in Acquaintance Space: An Agent-Based Model of a Textile Industrial District," MPRA Paper 24902, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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