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Rural Manufacturing on the Crest of the Wave: A Count Data Analysis of Technology Use

Fred Gale

American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1998, vol. 80, issue 2, 347-359

Abstract: This study compares the extent of technology use by rural and urban manufacturing plants. Count data regression models explain technology use as a function of rural-urban indicator variables, plant characteristics, and location characteristics. The results show no difference in technology use due to rural-urban location. Characteristics of nonmetro plants, including size, prevalency of branch plants, and nature of production process, tend to raise nonmetro manufacturing technology use. Lower nonmetro schooling levels, an older labor force, and mix of industries with low technology use tend to reduce technology use in nonmetro areas. Copyright 1998, Oxford University Press.

Date: 1998
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