Course Introduction: Overview, Format, and Objectives
Laying a Foundation for Economic Modeling
Methods for Researching the Competitive Strengths of a Region
Workforce and Growth: Using Data to Tell Your Region's Labor Market Story
Mapping Industry Clusters, Analyzing Interdependencies, and Identifying Targets
Tools for Evaluating and Communicating Economic and Fiscal Impacts

Recognizing Inter-industry Linkages and Value Chains (VIDEO)

This video module demonstrates how value-chain analysis can help researchers better contextualize–and understand the relationships between–firms and industries within their region.

  • Professor Mark White first offers a definition of value chain analysis, then shows how to identify core and linked industries in a region.
  • This analysis can be done by looking at the absolute size or relative concentration of each industry as measured by location quotient.
  • Note that past and future growth trends are also important to understand, particularly when compared to the state’s or nation’s growth trends.

The next unit will demonstrate how this information can be used to identify potential industry targets.