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The competitiveness of the olive-oil industry through analysis of the international trade network
Author/s: Umberto Medicamento, Bernardo De Gennaro, Arturo Casieri 
Year:  2013 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  20 Pg. 103-122 FullText PDF:  151 KB
DOI:  10.3280/ECAG2013-001005
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This paper aims at showing the explanatory potential of network methods applied to the analysis of Country level competitiveness within specific productive sectors. More specifically, we focused on each Country’s position within the network of international commodity trade relationships, assuming that this influences its Country level competitive advantage. We based this statement on Ronald Burt’s theory of "structural holes" which, if existent within a network, grant to those agents occupying the holes the chance to manage a strategic resource which becomes a competitive advantage. In order to test this hypothesis we applied network analysis to the international virgin olive oil trade network, represented as a weighted, directed network (wdn).
Keywords: Olive oil, international trade network, structural hole
Jel Code: F13, F14

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Umberto Medicamento, Bernardo De Gennaro, Arturo Casieri, The competitiveness of the olive-oil industry through analysis of the international trade network in "ECONOMIA AGRO-ALIMENTARE" 1/2013, pp. 103-122, DOI:10.3280/ECAG2013-001005


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