By Alfred Weber
In offering this e-book to the general public i'm spared a humiliation that many writers come across; 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 via theoretical research an entire desert of proof which has grown up round us over the last centuries in regards to the situation of our glossy 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 an insignificant enumeration of assorted elements which performed a component in making a choice on the positioning of industries. whereas i'm relatively inspired with the significance of Weber swork itself, if sincerely understood, it truly is accurately this job of creating it understood approximately which i think very apologetic. regardless of the assistance and recommendation 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 consider convinced that i've got succeeded in conquering the problems which confront the translator of one of these 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 wouldn't have discovered the braveness to enable it see the sunshine of day. it will likely be conceded by way of those that have launched into the harmful event of translating summary proposal from one language into one other that not anything is extra perplexing.
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I beheve, however, that this factual material where German it will be better indus- theoretical to present belongs, both as a matter of logic it and as a matter of practical presentation after the pure theory and before the realistic theory. It is impossible to analyze or arrange this material at all without an abstract theory of location. ^^ We shall organize this work, then, will contain the pure theory. , the analysis of the constituent ele- ments (locational factors) determining the location of industries, and (b) the formulation of the laws according to which these factors work.
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. 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.
It is even possible to assume variations in the wage level (labor costs) of such a given industry without necessarily implying a change in the labor costs of any other industry, like the transporting agency. Apparently these are exactly the same factors which Thünen had found. But, unlike Thünen, Weber analyzes the effects of a change in both variables. After having ascertained the laws determining the location when labor costs are constant, he proceeds to ascertain the alterations resulting from varying costs of labor.
Alfred Weber's Theory of the Location of Industries by Alfred Weber