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To shed light on Maine’s high-tech industries, employment and production data were gathered for 11O firms including 20 three-digit SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) categories. The time periods covered were 1970, 1976, and 1981. This data base was provided by the Bureau of Employment Security and the Bureau of Labor Standards of the Maine Department of Labor. The research was guided by the following questions: How are firms distributed among specific high technology industries and has this distribution changed over time? What is the geographic distribution of high technology firms within the state and how is this distribution changing? How dynamic have Maine's high technology industries been with respect to plant openings, closings, and acquisitions? How is employment generation distributed by size, age, SIC, and type of firm? Does Maine show a potential comparative advantage for specific high technology SIC's? and What implications can be drawn from the Maine data for rural communities seeking high technology development?
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Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
Maine, high-tech industries
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Watkins, D.A., and T.G. Allen. 1984. The growth and change of high technology industries in the state of Maine: Implications for state and local development policy. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 804.