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Chinese entrepreneurship in context: specialization, localization and their impact on Italian industrial districts


  • Fabio Sforzi


  • Silvia Lombardi


  • Flavio Verrecchia


Chinese migration flows represent a relatively new phenomenon in Italy. Its entrepreneurial nature is reflected in massive flows Chinese businessman employed both in manufacturing and commercial activities, with a dense concentration in correspondence of some industrial districts. The aim of the paper is to shed some light on current Chinese specialization of economic activities and localization across Italian regions and industrial districts, to test interpretative research hypothesis on Chinese entrepreneurship models and identify agglomeration forces underlying the emergence of so-called Chinese ethnic businesses. Some reflections on the manufacturing and commercial attitude of Chinese entrepreneurship will also be considered. The utilization of native-Chinese entrepreneurs as unit of observation represents an innovative methodological contribution based on ASIA-ISTAT archives. The exercise of explorative analysis based on data processing and spatial analysis will finally highlight business migration patterns, which represent new socio-economic challenges for Italian industrial districts

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  • Fabio Sforzi & Silvia Lombardi & Flavio Verrecchia, 2011. "Chinese entrepreneurship in context: specialization, localization and their impact on Italian industrial districts," ERSA conference papers ersa11p626, European Regional Science Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa11p626

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    1. Fabio Sforzi, 2009. "The Empirical Evidence of Industrial Districts in Italy," Chapters,in: A Handbook of Industrial Districts, chapter 25 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Giacomo Becattini & Marco Bellandi & Lisa De Propis (ed.), 2009. "A Handbook of Industrial Districts," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 12736, April.
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