Agglomeration Dynamics of Innovative Start-Ups in Italy Beyond the Industrial District Era
International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Forthcoming
27 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2018
Date Written: June 27, 2018
Building on the literature on agglomeration economies, this study examines how urbanization, industry-diversification, district economics and incubating initiatives are associated to the creation of innovative start-ups in Italy. The empirical analysis is based on a sample of 6,018 innovative start-ups distributed across 104 Italian NUTS 3 regions. Our findings show that incubating initiative and industrial districts play a major role for new venture creation and provide support to the positive role of urbanization economies and industry specialization over diversification. Finally, we discuss future research directions grounded on the empirical evidence provided by our study.
Keywords: New Venture Creation, Agglomeration Economies, Innovative Start-Ups, Industrial Districts, Incubators, Industry-Diversification
JEL Classification: L26, M13, R11, O33
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