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The changing geography of North American motor vehicle production

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  • Thomas H. Klier
  • James M. Rubenstein

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This article describes the changing location of motor vehicle production in North America during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Production has increasingly concentrated in a narrow corridor between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico known as auto alley. Information is derived from a complete panel of assembly plant locations in North America from 1980 to 2010, as well as a database of approximately 4000 plants in North America that produce parts for new vehicles. The reasons for the emergence and strengthening of auto alley are discussed, as well as future prospects in light of the severe recession of 2008--2009. Copyright 2010, Oxford University Press.

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  • Thomas H. Klier & James M. Rubenstein, 2010. "The changing geography of North American motor vehicle production," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Cambridge Political Economy Society, vol. 3(3), pages 335-347.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cjrecs:v:3:y:2010:i:3:p:335-347
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    1. Shelley M. Kimelberg & Elizabeth Williams, 2013. "Evaluating the Importance of Business Location Factors: The Influence of Facility Type," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 44(1), pages 92-117, March.
    2. Charisia Vlachou & Olga Iakovidou, 2015. "The Evolution Of Studies On Business Location Factors," Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship (JDE), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 20(04), pages 1-23, December.
    3. Petr Pavlínek & Pavla Žížalová, 2016. "Linkages and spillovers in global production networks: firm-level analysis of the Czech automotive industry," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 16(2), pages 331-363.

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