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Multinational Strategies and Outward-Processing Trade between Italy and the CEECs: The Case of Textile-Clothing




The paper is focused on the internationalisation process of the Italian firms within the textile-clothing industry. According to the economic literature on this topics, the Italian industry, as well as the textile-clothing sector, seem to be a follower, as far as the internationalisation process is concerned. Only since the Nineties, the international pattern of growth of the textile-clothing sector is strictly linked to the delocalisation of production and the creation of foreign affiliates. Within this contest, the Outward-Processing Trade (OTP) played a major role: the increase of the OTP data from 1991 to 1998 is very strong, especially if the consider the geographical area of the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs). Among the CEECs, the Italian firms are mainly linked to Rumania. Our paper confirms the complementary existing among the different types of internationalisation tools.

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  • Giovanni Balcet & Giampaolo Vitali, 2000. "Multinational Strategies and Outward-Processing Trade between Italy and the CEECs: The Case of Textile-Clothing," CERIS Working Paper 200015, Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY -NOW- Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY.
  • Handle: RePEc:csc:cerisp:200015

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    1. Pavitt, Keith, 1984. "Sectoral patterns of technical change: Towards a taxonomy and a theory," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 13(6), pages 343-373, December.
    2. Giampaolo Vitali & Chiara Monti, 1996. "Accordi, Joint-Venture E Investimenti Diretti Dell’Industria Italiana Nella Csi: Un’Analisi Qualitativa," CERIS Working Paper 199607, Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY -NOW- Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY.
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    1. Georgescu, George, 2003. "Fragmentarea internaţională a producţiei. Fenomenul perfecţionării active: un "rău necesar" sau o şansă pentru România? [International fragmentation of production. The inward processing t," MPRA Paper 58406, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Georgescu, George, 2016. "The world trade data distortion and its contagious impact. A brief comment on the WTO “Made in the World” initiative," MPRA Paper 69483, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Textile-Clothing industry; internationalisation; OTP; CEEC;

    JEL classification:

    • F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances
    • L67 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Other Consumer Nondurables: Clothing, Textiles, Shoes, and Leather Goods; Household Goods; Sports Equipment


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