Deindustrialization

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  • The transformation caused by technological and economic factors when industrial activities are removed or reduced in a country, parti cularly those dependent on heavy industrial or manu facturing industries. Typically, a series of economic and social changes ensue as industrial activity lessens. Since manufacturing jobs typically pay well, a consequence of deindustrialization can be the decline in wages and average standard of living.

    Not necessarily a result of globalization in all instances, a prominent example is the substantial deindustrialization that the United States has experienced as foreign competition has threatened the U.S. steel, automotive, and electronic industries.

    While deindustrialization refers to the decline in manu factured goods or employment in the manufacturing sector, it can also refer to the shift from manufacturing to the services sector, marked ...

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