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Trade Advantage Of Italian Industrial Districts:Persistence And Change


  • Marco PLATANIA


The Italian industrial system is characterized by the presence of small and midsized firms that take advantage of the economics of agglomeration by forming particular local systems, known as industrial districts. These districts represent the backbone of the Italian industrial sector. However, the districts’ competitive advantage, which had allowed Italy become a major economic actor, has been slowed by the crisis of the 2000s and by the Great Recession of 2009. This paper focuses on the persistence in and the changes to the trade advantage of the Italian industrial districts.

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  • Marco PLATANIA, 2014. "Trade Advantage Of Italian Industrial Districts:Persistence And Change," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 14(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:eaa:eerese:v:14:y2014:i:2_4

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    1. Tatiana Alferova & Elena Shilova & Elena Tretiakova, 2015. "Methodical Approaches to Measuring Sustainable Development of Industrial Enterprises," European Research Studies Journal, European Research Studies Journal, vol. 0(3), pages 115-128.
    2. Platania, Marco & Rapisarda, P. & Rizzo, M., 2015. "Italian Trade Specialization: Persistence and Change in Regional Agri-Food Production," AGRIS on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Economics and Management, vol. 7(4), December.

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    Industrial district; Lafay Index; Trade advantage.;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R32 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Other Spatial Production and Pricing Analysis


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