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Industry Structure And Employment Growth: Evidence From Semiparametric Geoadditive Models

  • Roberto BASILE

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    (Department of Strategic Management, Seconda Università di Napoli)

  • Cristiana DONATI

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    (Department of economics, Seconda Università di Napoli)

  • Rosanna PITTIGLIO

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    (Department of economics, Seconda Università di Napoli)

Using Local Labor Systems (LLSs) data, we assess the effect of the local productive structure on employment growth in Italy during the period 1981-2008. Italy represents an interesting case study because of the high degree of spatial heterogeneity in local labor market performances and of the presence of strongly specialized LLSs (industrial districts). Building on semiparametric geoadditive models, our empirical investigation allows us to identify important nonlinearities in the relationship between local industry structure and local employment growth, to assess the relative performance of industrial districts and to control for unobserved spatial heterogeneity.

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Volume (Year): 38 (2013)
Issue (Month): ()
Pages: 121-160

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