Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 237–251 | Cite as

The effect of size on business net change during crises: a multifactor partitioning analysis of Italian regions during 2007–2010

  • Annamaria Bianchi
  • Silvia Biffignandi
Original Paper


This paper discusses the effects of size on business net change at the local unit level in Italy during the crisis started in 2008. The multifactor partitioning approach is proposed for the analysis. The results suggest that units employing 10–49 employees benefit from moderating effect due to size, while for micro units—those employing less than 10 persons—the crisis is exacerbated by size-related factors.


Units size Italy Multifactor partitioning Size-region interaction SMEs Resilience 

JEL Classification

D21 E32 L25 



The authors acknowledge financial support by the ex 60% University of Bergamo, Biffignandi Grant. The authors are thankful to the anonymous referees for valuable comments and remarks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management, Economics and Quantitative MethodsUniversity of BergamoBergamoItaly

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