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Regional Policies for a Global Industry? Some Reflections on the Aerospace System in Puglia


  • Nicola D. Coniglio


The aim of this paper is to describe the recent evolution of the Apulian aerospace cluster and critically analyze the role of regional industrial policies in a "global" industry. Industrial policy at the regional level shows some shortcomings, and could serve for a second-best solution in the absence of a national strategy in the current Italian framework. We argue that a "normalization" of industrial policy and a clear division of labour between the different government levels is needed in order to avoid erosion of Italy’s comparative advantage in high tech industries characterized by strong market failures.

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  • Nicola D. Coniglio, 2013. "Regional Policies for a Global Industry? Some Reflections on the Aerospace System in Puglia," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 1, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0254

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    Aerospace; Apulia; Industrial policy; Optimal level of government;

    JEL classification:

    • R50 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - General
    • L52 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Industrial Policy; Sectoral Planning Methods
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General


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