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Made-in-Italy Agri-Food Exports: Positioning and Competition


  • Anna Carbone
  • Roberto Henke


he paper assesses the performance of Made-in-Italy agri-food exports in recent years, making use of the concept of export sophistication and relative indicators. The results show Made-in-Italy agri-food exports enjoying overall good health, their level of sophistication actually being an important element in the capacity to compete on the international markets. Nonetheless, there is also evidence of potential weaknesses in the case of products showing inadequate quality levels, thus exposed to intensification in price competition, as opposed to competition on attributes for which our country faces well-known structural constraints.

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  • Anna Carbone & Roberto Henke, 2012. "Made-in-Italy Agri-Food Exports: Positioning and Competition," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0236

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    Agrifood trade; Agricultural competitiveness; Prody index; Competitive advantage; Agrifood made in Italy; Export sophistication;

    JEL classification:

    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness


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