The role of ownership characteristics in the industrial development of Israel's peripheral towns

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Abstract

A framework for studying the ownership structure of industry in Israel's development towns is outlined, putting special emphasis on defining factors influencing entrepreneurship among residents of these towns, and relating these factors to theories of entrepreneurship in space, and to those of entrepreneurship among immigrant groups. Factors affecting external ownership of single-plant firms and location decisions of multiplant firms are considered in light of theories of industrial organization. Firms of different types are shown to react differently to the incentives. Thus, whereas residents of the development towns benefit little from these capital incentives, nonlocally owned singleplant firms are most attracted by them. However, externally owned small single-plant firms have been shown to suffer from the greatest instability and to form very few local linkages. Another policy failure was the inability to attract government-owned military industries. -from Author

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1235-1252
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Volume20
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988

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