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The Community Structure of the Global Corporate Network


Stefania Vitali


Università Politecnica delle Marche - Faculty of Economics; Department of Physics, Università di Palermo, italy; ETH Zurich

Stefano Battiston


ETH Zurich

January 10, 2013

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Abstract:     
We investigate the community structure of the global ownership network of transnational corporations. We find a pronounced organization in communities that cannot be explained by randomness. Despite the global character of this network, communities reflect first of all the geographical location of firms, while the industrial sector plays only a marginal role. We also analyze the network in which the nodes are the communities and the links are obtained by aggregating the links among firms belonging to pairs of communities. We analyze the network centrality of the top 50 communities and we provide the first quantitative assessment of the financial sector role in connecting the global economy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 19

Keywords: Ownership Networks, Community Analysis, Firm Localization, Financial Sector

JEL Classification: F64, L14, G2, G3

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Date posted: January 11, 2013  

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Vitali, Stefania and Battiston, Stefano, The Community Structure of the Global Corporate Network (January 10, 2013). Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2198974 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2198974

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Stefania Vitali (Contact Author)
Università Politecnica delle Marche - Faculty of Economics ( email )
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ETH Zurich ( email )
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