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An empirical update on the product-cycle explanation and branch-plant location in the nonmetropolitan US South

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In this study an empirically based examination of the importance of the labor environment, defined in terms of late-stage product-cycle expectations, to the location of branch plants in the nonmetropolitan US South is presented. The data were derived from a questionnaire-based survey of selected branch-plant managers in eight southern states. The findings suggest that labor factors have been important to the location of branch plants, and that the product-cycle explanation has merit; however, the findings also suggest that the locational behavior of these plants has been a response to conditions not clearly embraced by the product-cycle conceptualization, leading to the conclusion that a more comprehensive model is required to explain industrial location in the rural South.

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  • M Johnson, 1991. "An empirical update on the product-cycle explanation and branch-plant location in the nonmetropolitan US South," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 23(3), pages 397-409, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:23:y:1991:i:3:p:397-409
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    1. Edward J. Malecki, 1995. "Global Cities And Back Roads:Perspectives On The Southern Economy (Presidential Address, April 22, 1995)," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 25(3), pages 237-246, Winter.
    2. Maureen Kilkenny, 2010. "Urban/Regional Economics And Rural Development," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(1), pages 449-470.

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