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Vertical disintegration and spatial co-localization: the case of Kibs in the Metropolitan Region of Milan

  • Roberto Antonietti
  • Giulio Cainelli
  • Claudio Lupi

In this paper we explore the relation between vertical disintegration and the co-localization of knowledge intensive business service (Kibs) in the metropolitan region of Milan, using micro-geographic data and nonparametric methods. Our main results are that: (i) compared to other manufacturing and service industries, Kibs show a natural tendency to cluster; (ii) this tendency increases with the degree of vertical disintegration of Kibs.

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