IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Measuring the district effect. Reflections on the literature


  • Giacomo Becattini

    () (Università degli Studi di Firenze, Facoltà di Economia, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Firenze (Italy))

  • Francesco Musotti

    () (Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche ed Estimative, Perugia (Italy))


A group of researchers from Bank of Italy has been recently carrying out comparative investigations about different aspects of the Italian industrial districts experience, marking a turning point in this field of study. Their outcomes turn out to be essential at least from two standpoints. On the one hand, they provides reliable measurements of the performances acquired and consolidated by the districts. On the other one they paves the way for perspectives of future researches. In this paper, after a bird's eye view of Italian studies on industrial districts, the authors discuss some of those researchers' findings. This has been done with regards to three basic points: whetherdistrict firms are more productive than their competitors, thanks to the particular environment in which they operate, whether the advantages of district environment translate into an higher capacity to compete on international markets, the industrialdistrict (so-called) labour market features.

Suggested Citation

  • Giacomo Becattini & Francesco Musotti, 2003. "Measuring the district effect. Reflections on the literature," Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 56(226), pages 259-290.
  • Handle: RePEc:psl:bnlqrr:2003:34

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Marco Bellandi, 1992. "The incentives to decentralized industrial creativity in local Systems of small firms," Revue d'Économie Industrielle, Programme National Persée, vol. 59(1), pages 99-110.
    2. Alessandro Nova, 2001. "L'economia delle imprese nei distretti italiani: redditività, dominanza e strategie differenziali," ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2001(111).
    3. Giacomo Becattini & Marco Bellandi & Gabi Del Ottati & Fabio Sforzi, 2003. "From Industrial Districts to Local Development," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 2884.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item


    Industrial Districts;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
    • R32 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Other Spatial Production and Pricing Analysis


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:psl:bnlqrr:2003:34. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Carlo D'Ippoliti). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.