DP12140 Industrial Clusters, Organized Crime and Productivity Growth in Italian SMEs

Author(s): Roberto Ganau, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
Publication Date: July 2017
Keyword(s): externalities, Industrial clustering, Italy, organized crime, total factor productivity
JEL(s): D24, L25, R11, R12
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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We examine whether organized crime affects firms' performance (defined using Total Factor Productivity growth) both directly and indirectly, by downsizing the positive externalities arising from the geographic concentration of (intra- and inter-industry) market-related firms. The analysis uses a large sample of Italian small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms over the period 2010-2013. The results highlight the negative direct effects of organized crime on firms' productivity growth. Any positive effect derived from industrial clustering is thoroughly debilitated by a strong presence of organized crime, and the negative moderation effect of organized crime on productivity growth is greater for smaller than for larger firms.