Versions of De-industrialization: A model-based analysis of structural change (1973-2008)

Przywara, Rainer (2016) Versions of De-industrialization: A model-based analysis of structural change (1973-2008). PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Abstract

The term ‘de-industrialization’ stands for an element of structural change, indicating some form of decline within the secondary sector of a national economy. Sociologists use relative decline of manufacturing as their standard definition while economists often consider re-ductions in sectoral output as equally or even more important. There is a variety of other current descriptions. As a key element of this thesis, rigid definitions were constituted and utilized in two complementary models of de-industrialization. These were tested by macro-economic data for 12 mature and 25 emerging countries, covering the years 1973-2008 with successive 15 + 5 +15-year sub-periods. Productivity was identified as the key driver and indicator for success of the manufac-turing sector. It was found that the country-specific maximum in relative employment in manufacturing is reached at a threshold productivity that can be calculated by two linear functions of productivity over time, related to mature and emerging economies, respec-tively. On the basis of the model-based findings and additional socio-economic analyses, differ-ent paths of industrial development were distinguished for mature economies (i.e. fully industrialized states beyond their maximum relative employment in manufacturing) and emerging economies (i.e. states that have not yet industrialized to their full potential) with regard to their final outcome, i.e. the sectoral parameters and the resulting GDP per capita, employment and trade. From these findings, lessons to be learnt for policy makers were derived.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Wittberg, Volkervwittberg@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Rowlands, Hefinhrowlands@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: De-industrialization; Economy; Manufacturing; Europe; United States; Japan;
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2321 Industry
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 12:55
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 12:55
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4403

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