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Produttivit? e innovazione: un approccio spaziale


  • Marco Lamieri
  • Ilaria Sangalli


The paper assesses geographic spillovers of firms? total factor productivity (TFP) through the lens of spatial econometrics. The aim is to use patent data to link the concepts of productivity and innovation, as well as to shed light on the role played by industrial agglomeration economies. TFP estimates are based on a panel of around sixteen thousand Italian manufacturing firms surveyed in the 2004-2010 period, allowing for labor and capital productivity coefficients to vary over sectors of activity. The TFP spillover is then estimated using a spatial autoregressive model with spatial autoregressive disturbances focused on 2010 firm-level geo-referenced data. The results show that firm TFP levels benefit from both the productivity spillovers originated by neighboring firms and the exogenous productivity shocks to the latter. To be part of an agglomeration economy results in productivity advantages. The location in a patent-intensive area acts in the sense of strengthening these effects but results, in turn, to be an advantage also for firms outside districts, thus corroborating the findings of an active role played by innovation in enhancing productivity.

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  • Marco Lamieri & Ilaria Sangalli, 2013. "Produttivit? e innovazione: un approccio spaziale," ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2013(2), pages 67-89.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:polipo:v:html10.3280/poli2013-002004

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    Cited by:

    1. Paola Cardamone, 2018. "Firm innovation and spillovers in Italy: Does geographical proximity matter?," Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, Springer, vol. 11(1), pages 1-16, March.
    2. Arnab Bhattacharjee & Ornella Maietta & Fernanda Mazzotta, 2023. "Spatial agglomeration, innovation and firm survival for Italian manufacturing firms," Spatial Economic Analysis, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(3), pages 318-345, July.
    3. Paola Cardamone, 2017. "A Spatial Analysis of the R&D-Productivity Nexus at Firm Level," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 48(3), pages 313-335, September.

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    JEL classification:

    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)


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