Trajectories in Physical Space Out of Communication in Acquaintance Space: An Agent-Based Model of a Textile Industrial District

30 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2010 Last revised: 4 Jul 2011

Date Written: September 9, 2010

Abstract

This article presents an agent-based model of an Italian textile district where thousands of small firms specialize in particular phases of fabrics production. It reconstructs the web of communication between firms as they arrange production chains. In turn, production chains result in road traffic between the geographical areas where the district operates. The reconstructed traffic exhibits a pattern that has been observed, but not foreseen, by policy makers.

Keywords: Infrastructure Policy, Time-Geography, Agent-Based Models, Industrial Districts, Prato

JEL Classification: C69, D29, R39, R41

Suggested Citation

Fioretti, Guido, Trajectories in Physical Space Out of Communication in Acquaintance Space: An Agent-Based Model of a Textile Industrial District (September 9, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1674843 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1674843

Guido Fioretti (Contact Author)

University of Bologna ( email )

Via Capo di Lucca 34
Bologna, 40126
Italy

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