(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Spatial agglomeration, production technology and the choice to make and/or buy : empirical evidence from the Emilia Romagna machine tool industry

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Dept. of Economics and Management ‘Marco Fanno’, Univ., Padua, ITALIE
(2) Dept. of Statistics ‘Paolo Fortunati’, AlmaMater Univ., Bologna, ITALIE
(3) Dept. of Economics, AlmaMater Univ., Bologna, ITALIE


Using a new firm-level dataset, the decision, and relative intensity, to source either fully or partially production activities by small mechanical firms in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy is analysed. This article shows that full outsourcing is positively related to the share of skilled personnel, the presence abroad and the employment density in neighbouring firms. Concurrent sourcing is affected by firm size, age and labour cost. The insensitivity of concurrent outsourcing to the industry's spatial concentration reflects the lower transaction costs compared with full outsourcing


Article of periodic

published at : Regional studies / ISSN 0034-3404

Editor : Cambridge University Press, Cambridge - ROYAUME-UNI (1967)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 48, no2 [pp. 284-300]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 1 fig., 6 tabl.



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