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The Classification of Manufacturing Industries: an Input-Based Clustering of Activity

  • Thomas A Abbott III
  • Stephen H Andrews
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    The classification and aggregation of manufacturing data is vital for the analysis and reporting of economic activity. Most organizations and researchers use the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system for this purpose. This is, however, not the only option. Our paper examines an alternative classification based on clustering activity using production technologies. While this approach yields results which are similar to the SIC, there are important differences between the two classifications in terms of the specific industrial categories and the amount of information lost through aggregation.

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    Paper provided by Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau in its series Working Papers with number 90-7.

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    Date of creation: Aug 1990
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    Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:90-7
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