Putting Sector Strategies to the Test

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Title: Putting Sector Strategies to the Test
Author: Green, Carl; Held, Mike; Hui, Yiwei; Kraal, Martin; Stice, Nathanael; Xiong, Yao
Abstract: This paper undertakes a comparative analysis of earnings and employment growth in clustered and non-clustered industries in Washington State for the years 2003 through 2009. Further investigation compares cluster effects on different regional levels within counties and Workforce Development Areas. Location Quotients (LQs) were the principal measure of assessing the agglomeration of industry clusters. To evaluate the relationships between LQ and wage and employment growth, four regression models were used. Results indicate that private firms within an industry cluster have a significantly lower employment growth rate, on average, than firms not in a cluster. It is noteworthy that the research detects no significant relationship between wage growth and whether firms are located in an industry cluster.
Description: Examining committee: Colleen Chrisnger, faculty advisor
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/11696
Date: 2011-06

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