Quotation Essletzbichler, Jürgen and Rigby, David L. 1997. Evolution, process variety, and regional trajectories of technological Change in U.S. manufacturing. Economic Geography 73 (3): S. 269-284.




Technological variety is a central component in evolutionary accounts of economic growth and change. Without variety, the process of selection, by which certain products and processes of production are favored in the market, cannot operate. Empirical analysis confirms that U.S. production technology, measured by a pair of capital and labor input coefficients, varies markedly over space. Furthermore, the relative positions of regions in a two-dimensional technology-space appears consistent across industries. With industry-mix effects partially removed, multivariate analysis of variance confirms that regional differences in production techniques are statistically significant. Additional investigation reveals that spatial variations in techniques of production persist over time. These findings support the claims of evolutionary theorists, demonstrating that in U.S. manufacturing industries regions tend to move along distinct trajectories of technological change.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Economic Geography
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Evolution, process variety, and regional trajectories of technological Change in U.S. manufacturing
Volume 73
Number 3
Year 1997
Page from 269
Page to 284
DOI 10.1111/j.1944-8287.1997.tb00089.x


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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