The role of knowledge-based supply specialisation for competitiveness: A spatial econometric approach

Daria Ciriaci, Daniela Palma

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This paper aims to assess to what extent deterioration of Italy's trade competitiveness in manufacturing over the decade 1993-2004 has been determined by the evolution of localised comparative advantages in knowledge based industries. Stressing Kaldor's idea of dynamic increasing returns in manufacturing industries, we adopted a spatial econometric approach in order to account for the role of geographical proximity in facilitating the exchange of knowledge flows. We estimated a canonical regional export demand function for the 103 NUTS 3 explicitly introducing specialization in high-tech goods. Export competitiveness is shown to be deeply rooted at the local level with the role of knowledge-based competitiveness declining in the centre and north and world demand remaining the only engine of export growth in the south. © 2008 the author(s). Journal compilation © 2008 Regional Science Association International.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453 - 475
Number of pages23
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)

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