Evolution of Commercial Relations with China and the Role of Italian Firms in Asian Area
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This article analyzes the evolution of Italian firms in China over the past decade. We use
a set of information sources to monitor the variety of ways in which firms develop international economic relationships: i.e. trade, direct investment, supply chain networks, offshoring.
As regards foreign direct investment, we offered an insight into the Istat Outward-Fats data
set, that makes it possible to analyze economic consistency, performance and specificity of
the pattern of internationalization of Italian companies resident in Asia, studying the role that
branches play in the context of global value chains. Finally, through a study of panel data relating
to the Italian province, we propose an analysis of the impact of offshoring with Asia on
employment and productivity of local systems.