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I distretti industriali verso l'uscita dalla crisi


  • Giovanni Foresti
  • Fabrizio Guelpa
  • Stefania Trenti


The global economic crisis that hit in 2008-2009 has had a negative impact on the performance of a large number of firms based in the Italian industrial districts. The recovery expected in 2010 is unlikely to be sufficient to quickly absorb the economic downturns of 2009. Accordingly, a tough selection process is set to take place that will threaten financially fragile firms with closure, despite their know-how. The risk of irreparably losing business expertise across the Italian industrial districts could be averted by the consolidation of small businesses through mergers and acquisitions. Much will also depend on the production location decisions of leader firms. The future of the districts also depends on enhancing the commercial side to enable Italian firms to increase their footprint in fast-growth markets that are also complex and remote.

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  • Giovanni Foresti & Fabrizio Guelpa & Stefania Trenti, 2010. "I distretti industriali verso l'uscita dalla crisi," ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2010(2), pages 109-126.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:polipo:v:html10.3280/poli2010-002007

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    Distretto industriale; interrnalizzare; dimensione aziendale; commercio internazionale;

    JEL classification:

    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms


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