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From Delocalisation to Backshoring? Evidence from Italian Industrial Districts

Marco Bettiol, Chiara Burlina, Maria Chiarvesio and Eleonora Di Maria ()
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Marco Bettiol: University of Padova
Maria Chiarvesio: University of Udine
Eleonora Di Maria: University of Padova


Abstract: In recent decades, industrial districts (ID) have experienced intense delocalisation to low-cost countries, with implications for IDs’ internal structure. Recent studies, however, highlight the advantages of relocalising manufacturing in home countries. This paper investigates ID firms’ production-location strategies and backshoring decisions. The results from a survey of 259 firms in eight Italian IDs show that firms that delocalise production do not change their strategies over time and make limited recourse to backshoring. ID production is still important to guarantee product quality and access to specialised know-how.

Keywords: delocalisation; backshoring; industrial districts; manufacturing; Italy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F23 L23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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