Quotation Essletzbichler, Jürgen and Rigby, David L. and Haydamack, B. W. 1998. Regional dynamics of technical change in the U.S. structural fabricated metals industry. Geoforum 29 (1): S. 23-35.


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Techniques of production are measured in the structural fabricated metals industry across 35 states of the U.S. between 1964 and 1992. Contrary to life-cycle models and equilibrium-based theories of technology diffusion and competition, production coefficients vary markedly between regions and these differences show little sign of diminishing over time. Further investigation reveals that states have tended to occupy relatively similar positions in ‘technology-space’ over the last thirty years or so. These findings support evolutionary hypotheses about the path-dependent nature of technological change. The impacts of innovation, imitation, selection and firm entry/exit on aggregate technical change in the structural fabricated metals industry are separated. Innovation is shown to be responsible for about 45% of the improvement in techniques of production since 1964.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Geoforum
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Regional dynamics of technical change in the U.S. structural fabricated metals industry
Volume 29
Number 1
Year 1998
Page from 23
Page to 35
DOI 10.1016/S0016-7185(97)00018-3

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Essletzbichler, Jürgen (Details)
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Haydamack, B. W. (University of California Los Angeles, United States/USA)
Rigby, David L. (University of California Los Angeles, United States/USA)
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Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1807 Economic geography (Details)
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