Inter-Firm Networks and Firm Performance: The Case of Italy

Chiara Burlina

Risultato della ricerca: Working paper

Abstract

This study investigates a particular type of network, the inter-firm network (IFN), and its impact on performances of Italian firms between 2010-2015. After revising the literature on alliances and networks for what concerns the geographical and industrial dimension, I focus my attention on networks’ performance and innovation propensity. The empirical analysis, based on a sample of about 4,000 firms, is divided in two parts: firstly, applying a “difference- in-difference” technique, is tested the impact of being in an IFN; secondly, focusing on year 2013, are measured the different effects of IFN characteristics. Results demonstrate that belonging to an IFN has a positive impact on firms’ growth. Moreover, industry heterogeneity of members and internationalisation scope (rather than innovation) turn out to be the main factors increasing firm’s profitability and economic growth.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine35
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2018

Keywords

  • Alliances
  • Difference-in-Difference
  • Innovation
  • Inter-firm network
  • Performance

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