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Italian Investments In The Agglomeration Of Timisoara In Romania: Threat Or Opportunity For The Economic Development?


  • Ilaria Mariotti

    () (Department of Architecture and Planning(DiAP)- Polytechnic of Milan, P.zza L. da Vinci, 32 –20133 MILAN, Italy)

  • Simona Montagnana

    (Regional Institute of Research of Lombardia (IreR), via Copernico, 38 - 21100 MILAN, Italy)


The presence of foreign activities in a host country, by means of cooperation agreements and outward foreign investments, can induce positive and negative effects. These effects are closely related to the typology of the foreign activities, to the interactions between foreign and local firms and to the development of the host country. By focusing on the textile-clothing agglomeration in Timisoara, in Central Eastern Europe, the present paper aims to investigate whether the Italian presence in the agglomeration represents an opportunity (development path) or a threat (dependent path) to foster the socio-economic development of the area. To achieve this goal a micro-level investigation on a sample of 90 firms, both Italian and Romanian, located in Timisoara is described and the results of the factor and cluster analyses are presented.

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  • Ilaria Mariotti & Simona Montagnana, 2008. "Italian Investments In The Agglomeration Of Timisoara In Romania: Threat Or Opportunity For The Economic Development?," Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Romanian Regional Science Association, vol. 2(2), pages 33-59, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rrs:journl:v:2:y:2008:i:1:p:33-59

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    inward FDI; agglomeration; economic development; host country; impact;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods


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