European Productivity, Innovation and Competitiveness The Case of Italy

In Italy, price-based competitiveness measures are not always an accurate predictor of trade outcomes. This paper offers a more comprehensive assessment of Italian competitiveness, focusing on the role of innovation and the evolution of Italy's export market share. Overall, Italy maintains a hi...

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Main Author: Tiffin, Andrew
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Washington, D.C. International Monetary Fund 2014, 2014
Series:IMF Working Papers; Working Paper
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Collection: International Monetary Fund - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:In Italy, price-based competitiveness measures are not always an accurate predictor of trade outcomes. This paper offers a more comprehensive assessment of Italian competitiveness, focusing on the role of innovation and the evolution of Italy's export market share. Overall, Italy maintains a high-quality export mix, and the adaptability of small-scale specialized firms is still a source of strength. But, small firm size is becoming less of an asset, and even the most innovative sectors are weighed down by the structural barriers that have depressed productivity more broadly. Italy's future competitiveness will depend on full implementation of a comprehensive structural-reform agenda
Physical Description:23 p.
ISBN:1484379861
9781484379868