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Exports, Impacts, and Locations of Services-Producers
International Regional Science Review (1991)
  • Shirely Porterfield, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Glen C. Pulver
Policymakers concerned with regional economic development would do well to consider the growing importance of the services-producing sector of the economy. Although, services producers historically have not been targets for basic development, this paper provides evidence that some services producers could contribute as much to the local economy as the manufacturing sector. A survey of selected manufacturers and services producers in the Upper Midwest yielded four major conclusions. Firms in selected services-producing industries make a large proportion of their sales to extraregional customers; although the services-producing firms studied have lower annual sales than the selected manufacturers, their relative impact on regional economic growth is potentially larger than that of many manufacturing firms because of strong backward linkages to the local economy; services-producing firms which are active exporters tend to be larger and to be regional offices or headquarters; and many selected services producers are able to export from rural locations.
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Shirely Porterfield and Glen C. Pulver. "Exports, Impacts, and Locations of Services-Producers" International Regional Science Review Vol. 14 Iss. 1 (1991) p. 41 - 59
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