Are industrial districts more conducive to innovative production? The case of Emilia Romagna

  • Riccardo Leoncini
  • Francesca Lotti
Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)


During the last years, the debate about the characteristics of local development has undergone a substantial expansion. New interdisciplinary theoretical approaches have spurred a series of methodological and empirical instruments, which allowed for more precise and effective analyses of the contributions of local technological change to long-run economic growth. This process has been paralleled by a substantial increase in the effort of international organisations responsible for producing data, in refining and improving the coverage of the main features of innovative activity. For instance, OECD acted both as locus for theoretical and methodological debate and as data collector and organiser of new and improved sets of indicators. Also EUROSTAT acted so as to enlarge and harmonise already existing datasets (for example, the Community Innovation Survey).


Market Structure Knowledge Spillover Business Group Innovative Activity Scientific Collaboration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riccardo Leoncini
    • 1
  • Francesca Lotti
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Bologna and CERIS-DSENational Research CouncilMilanItaly
  2. 2.Sant’Anna SchoolPisaItaly

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