Is there a rural–urban divide? location and productivity of UK manufacturing

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Rizov, M. and Walsh, P. 2011. Is there a rural–urban divide? location and productivity of UK manufacturing. Regional Studies. 45 (5), pp. 641-656. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343401003713449
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TitleIs there a rural–urban divide? location and productivity of UK manufacturing
AuthorsRizov, M. and Walsh, P.
Abstract

Aggregate productivity of manufacturing industries by urban, rural less sparse, and rural sparse locations in the UK is computed from firm-specific total factor productivities, which are estimated by a semi-parametric algorithm, within four-digit manufacturing industries, using the FAME data set over the period 1994–2001. The productivity differentials across location categories are analysed by decomposing them into industry productivity effect and industry composition effect. The analysis indicates that at the end of twentieth century, a rural–urban divide in manufacturing productivity still remains, but there is a tendency for convergence between rural and urban location categories, possibly due to increased competitive pressure. The industry composition effect is positively correlated with the industry productivity effect, suggesting that locations with high productivity are also characterized by industrial structure enhancing productivity.

PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalRegional Studies
ISSN0034-3404
Electronic1360-0591
Publication dates
PrintMay 2011
Publication process dates
Deposited09 May 2011
Output statusPublished
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Enclosed is the discussion paper previously published for Middlesex University.

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Originally published as a discussion paper No 139 for the Department of Economics and Statistics, Middlesex University Business School.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00343401003713449
LanguageEnglish
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