Spatial patterns of foreign direct investment in the United States

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Recent foreign direct investment in the U.S. has undergone changes in its geographical location. Previous investment was mostly concentrated in the traditional industrial heartland ot the Northeast and Midwest. How there is a distinct drift to the Sunbelt and Pacific states. This reorientation is occurring faster than for manufacturing as a whole. A combination of regional competition and industrial-mix effects together with the changing national origins of foreign direct investment account for a large share of these changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-162
Number of pages9
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • Employment
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Locational shifts
  • Manufacturing
  • Regression analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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