Giacomo Becattini and the Marshall's method

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The studies of Giacomo Becattini concerning the notion of the «Marshallian industrial district» have led a revolution in the field of economic development around the world. The paper offers an interpretation of the methodology adopted by Becattini. The roots are clearly Marshallian. Becattini proposes a return to the economy as a complex social science that operates in historical time.We adopt a Schumpeterian approach to the method in economic analysis in order to highlight the similarities between the Marshall and Becattini’s approach. Finally the paper uses the distinction between logical time, real time and historical time which enable us to study the «localized» economic process in a Becattinian way.
Translated title of the contributionGiacomo Becattini y el método de Marshall
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-60
Number of pages18
JournalInvestigaciones Regionales
Issue number32 (Monográfico)
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Giacomo Becattini
  • Industrial district
  • Marshallian industrial district
  • Economic methodology


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