Persistence vs. Change in the International Specialization Pattern of Italy: How Much Does the ‘District Effect’ Matter?

Regional Studies, Forthcoming

38 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2010

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Alessia A. Amighini

Università del Piemonte Orientale; Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Marinella Leone

University of Sussex

Roberta Rabellotti

University of Pavia

Date Written: February 11, 2010

Abstract

This paper investigates the evolution of specialization patterns for the Italian provinces over the period 1995-2005 by analysing the dynamics of the sectoral distribution in the Balassa index of revealed comparative advantages. The results show that underlying a relatively stable distribution of national comparative advantages over time, there are wide variations in local performance: only a few provinces demonstrate any stability in their specialization over the last decade, with the majority showing decreased specialization. We find a higher average degree of persistence for provinces with districts, but no systematic differences between provinces with or without industrial districts. District provinces show wide variation, with a few concentrating on their past comparative strengths, but many diversifying.

Keywords: Intra-regional differentiation, Export specialization dynamics, Industrial

JEL Classification: F10, R10

Suggested Citation

Amighini, Alessia A. and Leone, Marinella and Rabellotti, Roberta, Persistence vs. Change in the International Specialization Pattern of Italy: How Much Does the ‘District Effect’ Matter? (February 11, 2010). Regional Studies, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1551503

Alessia A. Amighini

Università del Piemonte Orientale ( email )

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28100 Novara
Italy

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

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Milan, MI 20123
Italy

Marinella Leone

University of Sussex ( email )

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Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

Roberta Rabellotti (Contact Author)

University of Pavia ( email )

Corso Strada Nuova, 65
27100 Pavia, 27100
Italy

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