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Economic Perspectives, Vol. 15, No. 2, March 1991
Hog butchers no longer: 20 years of employment change in metropolitan Chicago
In this article, we present the results of research into the causes of employment change in metropolitan Chicago over the last 20 years. Our results are obtained from a detailed economic model developed at the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL).' Using the model to identify the forces underlying employment changes in metropolitan Chicago over the last two decades, we found that changes in consumer preferences were the major cause of employment increases in the services industry.
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