A descriptive analysis of discrete U.S. Industrial complexes

Edward Feser, Stuart Sweeney, Henry Renski

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We use the Getis/Ord local G statistic and detailed county-level industry employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to isolate discrete industrial complexes - or groups of nominally linked industries clusters in particular locations - for two recent years: 1989 and 1997. We discribe the characteristics of the complexes in terms of their number, spatial extent, broad regional distribution, and other factors. Data from the two periods help illustrate key shifts in industrial locations, including the continuing concentration of the apparell industry in the Southeast and the ongoing southern shift in U.S. vehicle production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-419
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Regional Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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