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Human Geography

Karl-Johan Lundquist

Professor

Human Geography

Technological Change and Geographical Reallocation of Labour: On the Role of Leading Industries

Author

  • Mikhail Martynovich
  • Karl-Johan Lundquist

Summary, in English

This paper analyses inter-regional labour reallocation in Sweden over the period 1985–2008 and assesses the effects of technology-induced structural change on the ability of regions to attract and retain workers. The findings suggest that (1) the regional presence of leading industries associated with technological change has a significant effect; (2) the importance of leading industries is of dynamic character as various functional groups of leading industries play different roles at different stages of the technology-induced transformation process; and (3) while manufacturing branches act as a stabilizing factor, i.e. helping regions to retain workers, service industries drive labour reallocation in terms of attracting workers to regions.

Department/s

  • Department of Human Geography

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Publication/Series

Regional Studies

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Economic Geography

Keywords

  • Sweden
  • Leading industries
  • Labour reallocation
  • Adjustment
  • Industrial restructuring
  • Technological change

Status

Published

Project

  • • Radical innovations, structural change and long term regional growth and decline
  • Structural change and labour mobility: A co-evolutionary perspective

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1360-0591