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Size, Innovation and Internationalization: A Survival Analysis of Italian Firms



The birth of new firms and their survival in the market are often seen as crucial for economic growth and competitiveness in a modern economy. This paper focuses on business demography of Italian firms, using an original dataset obtained by merging Capitalia-Reprint and AIDA, to identify the relationships among firms’ characteristics their demographic dynamics and survival. We show that size and technological level affect survival probability. Internationalized firms show higher failure risk: on average competition is stronger on international markets, forcing firms to be more efficient. An Italian long lasting successful internationalized firm is a high-tech, large and innovating firm.

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  • Giorgia Giovannetti & Giorgio Ricchiuti & Margherita Velucchi, 2007. "Size, Innovation and Internationalization: A Survival Analysis of Italian Firms," Working Papers - Economics wp2007_07, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa.
  • Handle: RePEc:frz:wpaper:wp2007_07

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    Business Demography; Survival; Competitiveness; Internationalization;

    JEL classification:

    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements

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