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Title: Labor-Force Heterogeneity as a Source of Agglomeration Economies in an Empirical Analysis of County-Level Determinants of Food Plant Entry
Authors: Davis, David E.
Schluter, Gerald E.
Keywords: agglomeration externalities
business location determinants
food manufacturing
labor heterogeneity
rural development
Issue Date: 2005-12
Abstract: Results of this study show that a heterogeneous labor force serves to attract new food manufacturing investment. We conduct analysis for SIC 20, Food and Kindred Product Manufacturing, and disaggregate analysis on all nine three-digit SIC food industries. Heterogeneity variables are a significant factor in nearly all specifications. We also examine which factors create the greatest increases in the expected number of new establishments. Areas with a high degree of labor heterogeneity are found to have large advantages. Labor heterogeneity is among the most important factors attracting food manufacturing to urban areas over rural areas.
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/30975
Institution/Association: Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics>Volume 30, Number 03, December 2005
Total Pages: 22
Language: English
From Page: 480
To Page: 501
Collections:Volume 30, Number 03, December 2005

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