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The US semiconductor industry: a locational analysis

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  • A J Scott
  • D P Angel

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This paper is a theoretical and empirical analysis of the locational dynamics of the US semiconductor industry. The analysis proceeds in six major stages. First, we review some recent developments in industrial location theory. Second, we describe the main technological and organizational features of the semiconductor industry. Third, we provide an empirical overview of the growth and development of the industry in the USA. Fourth, we examine the internal geography of the Silicon-Valley production complex. Fifth, we carry out a linear discriminant analysis of the geography of the industry in an attempt to distinguish Silicon-Valley establishments from non-Silicon-Valley establishments. Sixth, we look at the organizational/locational relationships between water fabrication and device assembly.

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Article provided by Pion Ltd, London in its journal Environment and Planning A.

Volume (Year): 19 (1987)
Issue (Month): 7 (July)
Pages: 875-912

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  2. Arita, Tomokazu & McCann, Philip, 2002. "The spatial and hierarchical organization of Japanese and US multinational semiconductor firms," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 8(1), pages 121-139.
  3. Aydogan, Neslihan & Lyon, Thomas P., 2004. "Spatial proximity and complementarities in the trading of tacit knowledge," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 22(8-9), pages 1115-1135, November.
  4. Steven Klepper, 2010. "The Origin and Growth of Industry Clusters: The Making of Silicon Valley and Detroit," NBER Chapters, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, in: Cities and Entrepreneurship National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Jurgen Essletzbichler, 2003. "From Mass Production to Flexible Specialization: The Sectoral and Geographical Extent of Contract Work in US Manufacturing, 1963-1997," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(8), pages 753-771.
  6. Hans Ouwersloot & Piet Rietveld, 2000. "The Geography of R&D; Tobit Analysis and Bayesian Approach to Mapping R&D Activities for The Netherlands," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, Tinbergen Institute 00-043/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  7. Ballinger, Clint, 2011. "Why Geographic Factors are Necessary in Development Studies," MPRA Paper 29750, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Hans Ouwersloot & Piet Rietveld, 2000. "The Geography of R&D; Tobit Analysis and Bayesian Approach to Mapping R&D Activities for The Netherlands," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, Tinbergen Institute 00-043/3, Tinbergen Institute.

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