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An Evaluation of Competitive Industrial Structure and Regional Manufacturing Employment Change

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posted on 2017-01-30, 00:00 authored by J. Drucker
This paper examines the relationship between regional industrial structure and employment change in the manufacturing sector and nineteen subsectors in the United States from 1987 to 1997. The relative associations of economic diversity, industrial specialization and competitive structure with economic performance are assessed using a non-causal regression framework. Multiple facets of industrial structure at the regional scale, including competitive structure, are considered together by exploiting confidential microdata to construct and evaluate detailed metrics across broad geographic and industrial ranges. The findings suggest the importance of industrial competitive structure for understanding regional employment change, economic performance and industrial development.


This work has been supported by awards from the National Science Foundation (grant NSF-BCS 0423900), the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the North American Regional Science Council. Additional support for the Triangle Census Research Data Center comes from the National Science Foundation (grants NSF-SES 0004322 and NSF-ITR 0427889).


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Post print version of article may differ from published version. This is an electronic version of an article published in Drucker, J. An Evaluation of Competitive Industrial Structure and Regional Manufacturing Employment Change. Regional Studies. 2015. 49(9): 1481-1496. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2013.837874.


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