Local input and productivity growth in U.S. manufacturing: 1972-2002

George W. Hammond, Eric C. Thompson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations


This research analyzes manufacturing growth and decline across metropolitan and nonmetropolitan regions during the 1972-2002 period. We decompose real value added growth across local labor market areas in the lower 48 U.S. states into contributions from labor, capital, and total factor productivity. We then estimate a model describing the long-run growth of labor, capital, and productivity and find that increased productivity increases the growth of labor and capital, as well as a positive correlation between labor and capital stock growth. We also find evidence that human capital investment and agglomeration economies encourage productivity growth, while unionization discourages it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-354
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Regional Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


Dive into the research topics of 'Local input and productivity growth in U.S. manufacturing: 1972-2002'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this