Quotation Essletzbichler, Jürgen and Rigby, David L. 2001. Industrial and regional restructuring in the US women's dress industry, 1963 – 92 . Environment and Planning/A 33 (8): S. 1385-1410.




In this paper we explore the impacts of competition on the US women's dress industry and examine the response of that industry in the form of technological change, industrial reorganization, and regional relocation. We demonstrate that women's dress producers adopted varying strategies to cope with competitive pressure at different time periods and in different places. In the 1960s, the dress industry was characterized by two main trends: technological change and domestic relocation of plants from the US northeast to the southeast and west. From the 1970s onwards, organizational changes became increasingly important as firms in core dress-production states such as California and New York externalized growing volumes of labor-intensive work. In part, the value added of this contribution to debates about industrial restructuring lies in our use of plant-level data that allow a richer understanding of the dynamics of industrial competition.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Environment and Planning A
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-C, WH-A
Language English
Title Industrial and regional restructuring in the US women's dress industry, 1963 ¿ 92
Volume 33
Number 8
Year 2001
Page from 1385
Page to 1410
DOI 10.1068/a3397


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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