Small Business Industrial Clusters in China and Italy

Experiences and Lessons for Developing and Advanced Economies
May 28, 2010 - 12:00 am UTC to May 29, 2010 - 12:00 pm UTC

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The Faculty of Economics of the Gabriele D’Annunzio University (Chieti and Pescara, Italy) invites submissions of papers and extended abstracts for a conference on small-and-medium business clusters in developing and advanced economies, with a special focus on the Chinese and Italian experiences.

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Economics of the Gabriele D’Annunzio University, in cooperation with the Fondazione Gabriele D’Annunzio, with sponsorship from the Italian Ministry of Universities, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Centre d’études français sur la Chine contemporaine (CEFC).

Invited keynote speakers are Jean-François Huchet, Barry Naughton, and Scott Rozelle.

We invite papers that examine the roles of clustered small and medium enterprises in sustainable economic growth and development, broadly conceived to include environmental and social issues connected with the organization of industry. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Evolution of clusters and industrialization (both recent and in history)
Economic geography and clusters
Spatial econometric analysis of industrial clusters
Industrial clusters, industrial ecology and environmentally sustainable development
Policy implications for economic development
Managerial and technological dynamics and spillovers
The role of local government and business associations
Sources of finance and financial contracts within clusters
Contracts, legal issues, and transactions costs
The conference should be of considerable interest to academic researchers, applied economists, and others interested in both scientific and policy issues. We invite representatives from government and non-government organizations concerned with broad issues in economic development policies, as well as representatives of employers’ associations and of the local governments, with the purpose of bridging the gap between the frontier of academic research and the practice of development policy. To this end, along with research papers, we welcome the submission of up-to-date survey papers, as well as of case studies, written in a rigorous yet accessible way.

Extended abstracts of 400-600 words, or (preferably) full paper drafts, should be sent to before January 30, 2010.

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit their manuscripts for publication in a special issue of China Economic Review, Comparative Economic Studies, or L’Industria. The procedure for submitting to the symposia will be specified in due course.