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Counterfeiting in Italian regions: an empirical analysis based on new data

Cosimo Magazzino (Department of Political Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy)
Mantovani Michela (Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 30 September 2014




The purpose of this paper is to examine the counterfeiting process in Italy, at a subnational level.


The paper uses panel data estimators and mixture models regression.


The paper finds that homogeneous clusters of regions could be derived, as a result of economic and geographical reasons. Moreover, household and public administration expenditure, indirect taxation, foreigners/population ratio and the number of ports have a positive impact on the counterfeiting diffusion index.

Practical implications

The paper is practical as a source of reference in contrasting counterfeiting process.


The paper uses new data applying recent econometric techniques to find homogeneous groups of regions on counterfeiting index.



Magazzino, C. and Michela, M. (2014), "Counterfeiting in Italian regions: an empirical analysis based on new data", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 400-410.



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