Chapter 63

Spatial Distribution of Economic Activities in North America

Thomas J. Holmes     University of Minnesota, USA.

John J. Stevens     Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, USA.

JEL classification: L11, R12, R30


In this chapter we discuss the data sources and methods available for studying the spatial distribution of economic activity in North America. We document facts about the specialization of states and regions, as well as locations differentiated by their degree of urbanization. We also report characteristics of the industries in which locations specialize. For example, establishment size and materials intensity are shown to vary in systematic ways with regional ...

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