From Delocalisation to Backshoring? Evidence from Italian Industrial Districts

Marco Bettiol, Chiara Burlina, Maria Chiarvesio, Eleonora Di Maria

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista

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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.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)137-154
Numero di pagine18
RivistaInvestigaciones Regionales
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Backshoring
  • Delocalisation
  • Development3304 Education
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)2001 Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Industrial districts
  • Italy
  • Manufacturing


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