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Industrial Growth in the Tennessee Valley Region, 1959 to 1968

Charles B. Garrison
American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Vol. 56, No. 1 (Feb., 1974), pp. 50-60
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1239346
Page Count: 11
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Industrial Growth in the Tennessee Valley Region, 1959 to 1968
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Abstract

Shift analysis and the technique of entropy indicate an increase in the strength of rural and small-town counties competing with urban areas for manufacturing employment during the study period. Increase in the strength of the most rural counties apparently was confined to labor-oriented industries, but small towns and small cities were successful in attracting industries of varying orientations. Despite the rapid rate of industrialization, rural counties experienced slow or negative population growth; this is attributed to the absence of sizeable employment multiplier effects and to offsetting employment declines in extractive industries. The implication is that considerable potential exists for further rural industrialization.

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