© 2016

The Pillars of the Italian Economy

Manufacturing, Food & Wine, Tourism

  • Marco Fortis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Marco Fortis, Stefano Corradini, Monica Carminati
    Pages 1-81
  3. Marco Fortis, Monica Carminati
    Pages 219-264
  4. Marco Fortis, Monica Carminati
    Pages 265-282
  5. Marco Fortis, Andrea Sartori
    Pages 283-317
  6. Marco Fortis, Cristiana Crenna
    Pages 319-334

About this book


This book offers a detailed analysis of the key sectors in the Italian economy, with the focus especially on areas in which the economy excels, such as the automatic packaging machinery sector, pharmaceutical production, the food and wine industry, and tourism. The book explains how, contrary to widespread opinion, Italy is one of the world’s most competitive countries in foreign trade, as confirmed by a new index compiled by Fondazione Edison that highlights its strengths and top traded products. The main characteristics of the Italian productive system, which is primarily composed of SMEs, are documented, and a map illustrating the importance of the various industrial districts is proposed, identifying their sectors of specialization, historical roots, and development. The principal steps in Italy’s industrialization over the past 150 years are then outlined, in particular for the manufacturing system – the main driver of Italian exports. In-depth analyses of the mechanical industry and the machinery sector follow. In combining meticulous analysis of statistical data with a historical perspective, this book will appeal to all with an interest in the Italian economy.


Italy’s external competitiveness Italy’s top products in world trade Industrial districts Italian industrial system and exports Manufacturing Mechanical industry Machinery sector Automatic packaging machinery sector in Italy and Germany Pharmaceutical industry Food and wine industry Italian tourism

Editors and affiliations

  • Marco Fortis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of International Economics, Institutions and DevelopmentUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly

About the editors

Marco Fortis, born in 1956, is an economist, vice-president and director of Edison Foundation. He teaches Industrial Economy and Foreign Trade in the Political Science Faculty of Catholic University of Milan. He is the author or editor of numerous scientific publications, essays, and articles and has contributed leading articles to Economia Politica - Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics, Il Sole 24 Ore, Il Messaggero.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Consumer Packaged Goods
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