Quotation Rigby, David L. and Essletzbichler, Jürgen. 2006. Technological variety, technological change and a geography of production techniques. Journal of Economic Geography 6 (1): S. 45-70.




How much heterogeneity in techniques of production exists within the economy, and how does that heterogeneity move over time? In this paper we show that the range of production techniques employed by establishments within individual manufacturing industries is large. We go on to show that technological heterogeneity persists over time: there is no evidence of convergence to best-practice or some other point in technology space. Next, we explore the geography of variety and reveal that there are significant spatial differences in the production techniques employed by manufacturing plants in the same industry. Finally, we examine how these geographical differences move over time, measuring the processes that drive the creation and destruction of the range of production techniques across industries and regions in the US economy.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Economic Geography
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Technological variety, technological change and a geography of production techniques
Volume 6
Number 1
Year 2006
Page from 45
Page to 70
URL http://joeg.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/1/45.full.pdf+html
DOI 10.1093/jeg/lbi015


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