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The Rural-Urban Gap In Manufacturing Productivity And Wages: Effects Of Industry Mix And Region

  • Frederick Gale
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    This study analyzes urban and rural values of value added per worker and production worker wages tabulated from unpublished 1992 Census of Manufactures data. A decomposition of regional averages separates out effects of regional industry mix from within-industry differentials over a rural-urban continuum and for metro and nonmetro portions of census regions. Comparison of actual 1991-1993 employment growth with regional wage and productivity differentials shows that low wages are strongly associated with job growth.

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    Paper provided by Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau in its series Working Papers with number 97-6.

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    Date of creation: Jun 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:97-6
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    1. Charles A. Campbell, 1995. "Industrial Filtering In A Nonmetropolitan Area Of The South," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 25(2), pages 219-235, Fall.
    2. G. B. Norcliffe & P. Mitchell, 1977. "Structural Effects and Provincial Productivity Variations in Canadian Manufacturing Industry," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 10(4), pages 695-701, November.
    3. Edward E. Leamer, 1994. "Trade, Wages and Revolving Door Ideas," NBER Working Papers 4716, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Antonio Ciccone & Robert E. Hall, 1995. "Productivity and the density of economic activity," Economics Working Papers 120, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
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