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Urban Industrial Land Loss and Foreign Direct Investment-Related Manufacturing Job Sprawl: An Atlanta, Georgia MSA Case Study


  • Jeong-Il Park
  • Nancey Green Leigh


Using longitudinal data from the National Establishment Time-Series dataset, this paper presents research on intra-metropolitan spatial patterns of manufacturing employment created by foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area. A panel regression analysis reveals that the loss of urban industrial land in the central metro area is associated with the suburbanization of FDI manufacturing jobs over time. Based on the key findings of the analyses, the paper discusses the policy implications of job losses in urban manufacturing and some strategies for attracting and retaining these jobs.

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  • Jeong-Il Park & Nancey Green Leigh, 2017. "Urban Industrial Land Loss and Foreign Direct Investment-Related Manufacturing Job Sprawl: An Atlanta, Georgia MSA Case Study," Journal of Urban Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(4), pages 95-113, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:cjutxx:v:24:y:2017:i:4:p:95-113
    DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2017.1348883

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