By Alfred Weber
In offering this booklet to the general public i'm spared a humiliation that many writers stumble upon; i don't have to provide an apology for the subject with which it bargains. Alfred Weber streatise is a pioneering enterprise. He makes an attempt to grasp by means of theoretical research an entire desolate tract of proof which has grown up round us over the past centuries in regards to the place of our glossy production industries. to make sure, others have ventured upon the duty of describing and classifying the phenomena of geographical distribution; yet, as Weber issues out, prior writers didn't get past an insignificant enumeration of varied elements which performed a component in settling on the positioning of industries. whereas i'm really inspired with the significance of Weber swork itself, if basically understood, it really is accurately this activity of creating it understood approximately which i think very apologetic. regardless 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 think convinced that i've got succeeded in conquering the problems which confront the translator of any such hugely summary treatise. Had no longer Professor Marshall and Dr. Mason learn the whole manuscript via and made quite a few feedback for its development, I worry I do not need came upon the braveness to permit it see the sunshine of day. it will likely be conceded by means of those that have launched into the harmful experience of translating summary idea from one language into one other that not anything is extra perplexing.
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Will is between cost of labor per ton of product (labor index) and the total weight of ^^ costs Cf. infra, p. 51. ) the latter interesting discussion of these concepts be found in Oskar Engländer, Theorie des Güterverkehrs und der Fracht- sätze, p. 121 ff. a material to be is It is convincingly urged there that the decisive point had everywhere is whether at equal prices. ^^It is fairly simple to relate this rule to the theory of land rent as comes a function of location. 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.
The premises which determine the particular application of the pure rules as well as the additional rules governing reality are not known without further investigation. In order to formulate them we must first secure the actual picture of industrial orientation (location), as it is moulded by the modern economic life. ^^ Fishow the effects of unexplained causes of this orientation is affected the general theory has ignored nally, we shall have to we shall have to find the premwhich must somehow be due to the particular nature of modern economic or social life.
Are there such general causes of location which concern every industry? And the next question is: Are there any special causes of orientation which concern only this or that industry, or this or that group of industries? Such special causes first question is: obviously are the result of the peculiar technical or other nature of an industry or group of industries. How far can the location general causes, and by of industries be explained introducing special causes? It is locational factors as general and how far only by obviously helpful to classify special.
Alfred Weber's Theory of the Location of Industries by Alfred Weber