Economia e Politica Industriale

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 475–491 | Cite as

Spatial autocorrelation and clusters in modelling corporate bankruptcy of manufacturing firms

  • M. Simona Andreano
  • Roberto Benedetti
  • Andrea Mazzitelli
  • Federica Piersimoni


The interest in the prediction of firms’ bankruptcy is increasing in the recent recession period 2008–2012, when, in Italy, the number of distressed manufacturing firms increased sharply. The most popular model applied by bankruptcy researchers is the logit model (logistic regression model). In the present paper we extend this classical model in two different ways, to take into account the spatial effects that can highly affect bankruptcy probability. We propose to apply the spatial Autologistic model and the Logit Regression Tree, with the aim to find evidence of spatial dependence and spatial heterogeneity in bankruptcy probability, of the manufacturing firms of Prato and Florence (Italy). Our application shows that spatial contagion effects are an important issue when modelling bankruptcy probability. Moreover, the application of the regression tree analysis shows the presence of three different clusters, with heterogeneous behaviours.


Default probability Autologistic model Heterogeneity Spatial dependence 

JEL Classification

C13 C21 C54 R12 



This study was not funded by any Institution.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universitas MercatorumRomeItaly
  2. 2.University of Chieti-PescaraPescaraItaly
  3. 3.Italian National Statistical InstituteRomeItaly

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