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An evaluation of decentralization policies in light of changing location patterns of employment in the Seoul Region (English)

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  • Lee, Kyu Sik
  • World Bank (WB)


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Title An evaluation of decentralization policies in light of changing location patterns of employment in the Seoul Region (English)
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Lee, Kyu Sik

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World Bank (WB)

Date 1985
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Education

Abstract

Using the annual manufacturing survey data for 1973-81, this paper documents changes in location patterns of employment in the Seoul region. The analysis shows a strong decentralization trend of manufacturing employment in the region. The 1981 manufacturing survey and the sample establishment survey conducted for the research project reveal that the effects of explicit policy instruments on firms' location were negligible. The paper questions the desirability of excessive decentralization policies being implemented in the presence of already prevalent decentralization trends, and it concludes that an attempt to implement such policies that do not reflect the firms' location behaviour could be prohibitively costly.