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The Outward Projection of Italian Firms: Facts and Figures on Foreign Affiliates

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  • Marco Giansoldati

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  • Claudio Pizzi

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  • Giancarlo Corò

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  • Mario Volpe

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In the last two decades or so, globalisation has prompted a great deal of attention in the study of the international organisation of production, with in-depth industry studies on its welfare effects, both for firms and for workers. Outcomes did not prove a unique direction of effects, although the heterogeneous firms’ approach emphasised the intra-industry reallocation through intra-sectoral international competition. Thus, differences in the inner structure of companies filled the gap on the micro-level analysis that featured the study of international trade for several decades, although there is still the need to understand the effects of internationalisation on local systems of production and link such results to the consolidated meso-level of analysis of trade flows. Thanks to the microdata provided by the Italian Statistical Office (ISTAT), we are able to access information on the presence of Italian firms abroad, distinguished by geographical area of origin, destination and industry and check for their influence on affiliates’ structure and performance through appropriate indicators. Copyright Springer-Verlag Wien 2012

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  • Marco Giansoldati & Claudio Pizzi & Giancarlo Corò & Mario Volpe, 2012. "The Outward Projection of Italian Firms: Facts and Figures on Foreign Affiliates," Transition Studies Review, Springer;Central Eastern European University Network (CEEUN), vol. 19(2), pages 139-154, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:trstrv:v:19:y:2012:i:2:p:139-154
    DOI: 10.1007/s11300-012-0244-4
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    1. Maria Chiarvesio & Eleonora Maria & Stefano Micelli, 2013. "Sourcing from Northern and Southern Countries: The Global Value Chain Approach Applied to Italian SMEs," Transition Studies Review, Springer;Central Eastern European University Network (CEEUN), vol. 20(3), pages 389-404, November.

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    Keywords

    Outward foreign affiliates statistics; Microdata; Multinational enterprises; Small and medium enterprises; Industries; Internationalisation; F13; F23;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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