By Alfred Weber
In featuring this publication to the general public i'm spared a humiliation that many writers come upon; i don't have to provide an apology for the subject with which it offers. Alfred Weber streatise is a pioneering enterprise. He makes an attempt to grasp by way of theoretical research an entire barren region of evidence which has grown up round us over the past centuries in regards to the place of our smooth production industries. to make certain, others have ventured upon the duty of describing and classifying the phenomena of geographical distribution; yet, as Weber issues out, past writers didn't get past a trifling enumeration of varied components which performed a component in selecting the positioning of industries. whereas i'm really inspired with the significance of Weber swork itself, if in actual fact understood, it's accurately this activity of creating it understood approximately which i think very apologetic. inspite of the assistance and suggestion which Professors Leon C. Marshall and Frank W. Taussig, in addition to Drs. E. H. Chamberlin, William Y. Elliot, Edward Mason, Talcott Parsons, and Andreas Pred hl have so generously afforded me, i don't believe convinced that i've got succeeded in conquering the problems which confront the translator of the sort of hugely summary treatise. Had now not Professor Marshall and Dr. Mason learn the full manuscript via and made a number of feedback for its development, I worry I do not need came across the braveness to enable it see the sunshine of day. it is going to be conceded through those that have launched into the detrimental event of translating summary notion from one language into one other that not anything is extra perplexing.
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It is, however, an object of our study to learn whither the victorious or the defeated in- dustry and the production of the different qualities move. " LOCATIONAL FACTORS AND DYNAMICS It is obvious that, practically speaking, 19 may and it fre- quently will be the case that the extent and the importance of a given productive advantage qualities of the is same product. It negligible as between different may happen that for different j qualities of a product the locational factors are so similar that they are, practically speaking, equal.
This total weight the ratio just described is xxv called labor coefficient. is can deduce the second general rule: an industry deviates from and called locational weight, Now Weber When labor costs are varied, transport locations in proportion its to the size of its labor coefficient. ^^ It would have served also as an excellent basis of defense against the criticism of Werner Sombart,'^^ which does not really touch the foundation of Weber's theory at all because Sombart does not take up the problem from the point of view of economic theory.
A fuller discussion will it be- be undertaken below in connection with the indirect general agglomerating and deglomerating factors determining the location of manufacturing industries. ). This distinction is of considerable significance. mula that the production than I is of all industries Weber is able to whose material index located at the place of consumption (cf. infra, p. 61). make is the for- not greater EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION transported. This total weight the ratio just described is xxv called labor coefficient.