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An evaluation of competitive industrial structure and regional manufacturing employment change.
Regional Studies (2015)
  • Joshua Drucker, University of Illinois at Chicago
Abstract
This paper examines the relationships between several aspects of regional industrial structure and employment change in the United States manufacturing sector and 19 subsectors from 1987 to 1997. Economic diversity, industrial specialization, and competitive structure are considered together in a non-causal regression framework in order to assess their relative associations with economic performance. The innovative features of the research are considering together multiple distinct facets of industrial structure at the regional scale, emphasizing the less commonly studied characteristic of industrial competitive structure, and 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 employment change, economic performance, and industrial development at the regional scale.
Keywords
  • concentration,
  • diversity,
  • industrial structure,
  • economic development,
  • employment,
  • manufacturing,
  • competition
Publication Date
September, 2015
DOI
10.1080/00343404.2013.837874
Citation Information
Joshua Drucker. "An evaluation of competitive industrial structure and regional manufacturing employment change." Regional Studies Vol. 49 Iss. 9 (2015) p. 1481 - 1496
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jdrucker/11/