1982 volume 14(12) pages 1577 – 1585
doi:10.1068/a141577

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Casetti E, 1982, "Technological progress, capital deepening, and manufacturing productivity growth in the USA: a regional analysis" Environment and Planning A 14(12) 1577 – 1585

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Technological progress, capital deepening, and manufacturing productivity growth in the USA: a regional analysis

E Casetti

Received 16 October 1981

Abstract. According to the Verdoorn law productivity rises faster in expanding economic sectors. The validity of the Verdoorn law has been investigated primarily for industries. Does the law also hold with respect to areal aggregates? Specifically, in the USA, are productivity gains larger in regions in which jobs and population expand faster?

In this paper a technique for separating productivity gains associated with capital deepening, economies of scale, and neutral technological progress is discussed and is then applied to investigate, in a US setting, the 'spatial' validity of the Verdoorn law.

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