Journal Article

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

H. Frederick Gale

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 80, issue 2, pages 347-359
Published in print May 1998 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online May 1998 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244507
Rural Manufacturing on the Crest of the Wave: A Count Data Analysis of Technology Use

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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.

Keywords: count data models; Poisson regression; rural manufacturing; technology adoption and diffusion; urbanization; L600; O330; R320

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Subjects: Technological Change; Research and Development ; Housing Markets, Production Analysis, and Business Location ; Manufacturing

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